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Trends in local, national economy

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Psst … here’s, well, not exactly a secret, but at least a marker to look for that signals economic recovery. “Once you see signs that people are going back to work, that’s usually a sign that the recession is winding down,” said Tom Zwirlein, director of the Southern Colorado Economic Forum and a professor of… Continue Reading Trends in local, national economy

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If you’re old enough to have been thinking that today’s economy seems a lot like déjà vu all over again, you’re not alone – but you’re also probably at least 40-something or better. Drew Gerber, CEO of Blue Kangeroo and creator of PitchRate.com, says that those of us struggling through today’s economic turmoil can learn… Continue Reading OK, maybe some things from the ’70s are worth remembering

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Exporting: time might be right to cast

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Businesses that export increase their competitive advantage, create more jobs, pay higher wages and earn higher revenue. In Colorado, exporting supports about 89,000 jobs. During 2005, businesses exported to 193 foreign destinations, including Canada and Mexico, the state’s top two trading partners. However, according to the World Trade Organization, the volume of world trade will… Continue Reading Exporting: time might be right to cast

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Marketers becoming savvy at promoting sustainable sheen Polar bears are drowning. Heat waves are killing people every year. About 30 percent of all species are threatened by rising temperatures. Death, famine, disease – all attributed to a planet on fire from global warming. So what to do? Have a fashion show. Take your own bags… Continue Reading All that glitters isn’t green

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Losing wealth, finding God?

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Contrary to media reports, the Pew Research Center’s April polls show that while many people might be praying for their 401(k)’s to turn around, the falling stock market has not sent Americans rushing to church. Thirty-nine percent of Americans reported attending weekly religious services in a February survey. That number was no different than two years ago, when… Continue Reading Losing wealth, finding God?

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WASHINGTON (AP) – A flurry of better-than-expected bank earnings reports this week, coupled with some tentatively encouraging economic data, suggest the economy and the financial system might not be quite as sick as many had believed. Or are they? Facing conflicting evidence, analysts are wrestling with whether the economy is making a fitful climb back… Continue Reading Bank earnings bringing economic hope to Americans?

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Beer industry boosts U.S. economy

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Colorado’s beer industry brings $13.7 billion to the state’s economy and accounts for $1.2 million in federal, state and local taxes. That’s the word from the National Beer Wholesalers Association and the Beer Institute, which also said that the industry provides 69,518 jobs. Beer distributors, brewer suppliers and retailers all contribute to the economy in… Continue Reading Beer industry boosts U.S. economy

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Global leaders pledge $1.1 trillion

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World leaders pledged $1.1 trillion in loans and guarantees to struggling countries and agreed Thursday to crack down on tax havens and hedge funds – but failed to reach sweeping accord on more stimulus spending to attack the global economic decline. At the end of a highly anticipated one-day gathering, leaders of the Group of… Continue Reading Global leaders pledge $1.1 trillion

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Job cuts fell in March

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The number of planned job job cuts in the United States fell for the second consecutive month in March, falling 19.3 percent from February, according to a report by global outplacement firm Challenger, Gray and Christmas. The March figure was the lowest since October 2008, and comes on the heels of a 23 percent decline… Continue Reading Job cuts fell in March

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WASHINGTON (AP) – Construction spending fell for a fifth straight month in February as another big drop in home building offset a slight rebound in nonresidential construction.The Commerce Department said Wednesday that February construction activity dropped 0.9 percent, less sharply than the 1.5 percent decline economists expected. Total construction has been falling since October. The… Continue Reading Construction spending falls for fifth straight month

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