A look at local, regional, national and international trends.
Construction input prices rose for the fourth consecutive month in March, increasing by 0.3 percent on a monthly basis and 4.4 percent on a yearly basis, according to analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data by Associated Builders and Contractors. Read More
Despite the signs several of our local industries are topping out, West Michigan business conditions remain positive. Read More
Expectations for 2017 have become less optimistic, but the majority of industrial and commercial construction contractors still expect growth this year, according to the latest Construction Confidence Index from Associated Builders and Contractors. Read More
More than three of every four Michigan retailers (76 percent) expect to increase their spring sales over last year, according to the Michigan Retail Index, a joint project of Michigan Retailers Association and the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. Read More
National construction employment surged in February, as the industry added 58,000 seasonally adjusted net new jobs, according to an analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data. Read More
For West Michigan, the 2017 rally continues for the industrial markets. Read More
More than four of five Michigan retailers (82 percent) expect to increase 2017 sales over last year despite a slow start, according to the Michigan Retail Index, a joint project of Michigan Retailers Association and the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. Read More