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Retail sales increase in September

Propelled by solid sales in clothing and electronics, retails sales in September provided a promising preview to the holiday shopping season, according to the National Retail Federation. September retail sales increased .4 percent from August and 2.1 percent from last year’s September sales. “In spite of the uncertainty and unease surrounding our nation’s high unemployment… Continue Reading Retail sales increase in September

Taco Bell has put the sizzle back in its U.S. sales after a nearly yearlong slump stemming from a short-lived lawsuit that created a stir. The Mexican-style chain saw its revenue at U.S. restaurants open at least a year rise 6 percent in the first quarter. And its parent company, Yum Brands Inc., is predicting… Continue Reading Doritos tacos put sizzle in Taco Bell’s US sales

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Ford says US sales rise 9 percent in September

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Ford Motor Co.’s U.S. sales rose 9 percent in September, spurred by sales of SUVs and pickups. Sales of the Ford Explorer SUV were more than triple last September, while sales of the Escape small SUV rose 41 percent. Ford’s pickup sales rose 15 percent. Demand for trucks and SUVs typically rises in the fall… Continue Reading Ford says US sales rise 9 percent in September

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Spectranetics Corp. recorded revenue of $32.2 million during the second quarter, a 7 percent increase above last year for the same period. “The second quarter results reflect continued progress on our key growth initiatives,” said Jason Hein, senior vice president of sales, marketing and business development. “Laser placements remain strong.” The company’s lead management revene… Continue Reading Spectranetics reports 7 percent revenue increase

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Pending home sales rise 5.2 percent in July

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The number of buyers who signed contracts to purchase previously occupied homes increased in July but remained well below last year’s levels, a sign that demand for housing remains weak. The National Association of Realtors said Thursday its seasonally adjusted index rose 5.2 percent from a month earlier to a reading of 79.4. Economists surveyed… Continue Reading Pending home sales rise 5.2 percent in July

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Staffing industry posts record quarter

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U.S. staffing companies reported that a record number of temporary workers were employed during second quarter, according to the American Staffing Association. America‘s staffing companies employed an average of 2.4 million temporary and contract workers per day from April through June. That’s an increase of 23.3 percent from the same quarter last year and an… Continue Reading Staffing industry posts record quarter

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Temp hiring bolsters overall job report

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The staffing industry showed a 1.5 percent hiring increase for the month of June, adding 21,000 employees to payrolls. Staffing employment led private sector job growth in June, according to the latest data released Friday by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. From May to June, the private sector added 83,000 new jobs, a quarter… Continue Reading Temp hiring bolsters overall job report

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