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20 Nov Posted by in Swag Projects | Comments

Economists Predict Steady Growth

Economists Predict Steady Growth

The American economy expanded in the third quarter, and growth will continue through the end of 2014, a recent survey says. The National Association for Business Economists (NABE) predicts a 3% rise in real gross domestic product in the third quarter followed by 3.1% expansion in the final three months of the year “Respondents to […]

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12 Nov Posted by in Swag Projects | Comments

Holiday Retail Sales Seen Rising by 4%

Holiday Retail Sales Seen Rising by 4%

Analysts are optimistic about the upcoming holiday shopping season with many predicting a modest, but positive boost in retail sales compared to last year. That fourth-quarter optimism is echoed by ad specialty distributors, with many bullish on logoed corporate gift-giving programs and end-of-year sales in general. In September, Deloitte forecast a 4% to 4.5% increase […]

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03 Oct Posted by in Swag Projects | Comments

Cargo Spikes Amid Shutdown Worries

Cargo Spikes Amid Shutdown Worries

The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach reported a significant surge in cargo flow last month, mostly fueled by retailers’ fears of a potential work stoppage. In Los Angeles, cargo volumes were up 13.9% in June, year-over-year, to 736,438 container units, while Long Beach saw an 8% rise, with 610,516 units. Overall, about 40% […]

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25 Aug Posted by in Swag Projects | Comments

Economy Forecast To Expand In 2015

Economy Forecast To Expand In 2015

In the next few months, the U.S. economy is expected to grow at its fastest pace in a decade, thanks to an energy boom, steadily falling unemployment and a rebound in corporate investments, according to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). The Paris-based group said in its latest economic overview that U.S. gross […]

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18 Aug Posted by in Swag Projects | Comments

Advertising Spending Set to Rise

Advertising Spending Set to Rise

Improving economies and popular events like the recent World Cup and Winter Olympics continued to compel advertisers to drive the largest increase in global ad spending in four years in 2014. That’s according to a report from Magna Global, which predicts worldwide ad revenue will rise 6.4% to $516 billion this year. “The global advertising […]

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11 Aug Posted by in Swag Projects | Comments

Small Biz Confidence Hits Six-Year High

Small Biz Confidence Hits Six-Year High

Owners of small companies are the most optimistic they’ve been since September of 2007, according to the latest survey from the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB). The group’s Small Business Optimism Index rose for the third straight month, jumping 1.4 points in May, for a final reading of 96.6 – the best number since […]

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04 Aug Posted by in Swag Projects | Comments

Sales, Marketing Forecasts Up for Small Businesses

Sales, Marketing Forecasts Up for Small Businesses

Small businesses had a strong 2013, with more than 60% reporting increased revenues over the previous year, according to survey data released by Constant Contact. Owners expect the upswing to continue, with 81% of those surveyed optimistic that revenues will continue to rise in 2014. “It’s encouraging to see that small businesses expect their revenue […]

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16 Jun Posted by in Swag Projects | Comments

Retail Sales Soar

Retail Sales Soar

Making their biggest one-month jump since the fall of 2012, U.S. retail sales rose 1.1% in March, spurring more optimism about future economic strength. Core sales, which don’t include building materials, cars, gasoline and food, increased 0.8%, following a revised 0.4% rise in February, the Commerce Department said. Sales at automobile and parts dealers led […]

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11 Jun Posted by in Swag Projects | Comments

U.S. Added 191,000 March Jobs

U.S. Added 191,000 March Jobs

Led by small businesses, U.S. companies hired 191,000 new employees in March, according to payroll processing firm ADP. The company’s private jobs report fell mostly in line with the expectations of analysts who generally see labor conditions improving this spring. “The job market is coming out from its deep winter slumber,” said Mark Zandi, chief […]

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09 Jun Posted by in Swag Projects | Comments

Manufacturing Sector Posts Strong Gains

Manufacturing Sector Posts Strong Gains

A key manufacturing index showed improved economic activity for the 10th consecutive month, while also painting an optimistic forecast for the sector. The Institute for Supply Management (ISM) said its manufacturing index rose to 53.7% in March, a 0.5% increase over February. ISM data showed 14 of 18 manufacturing industries reported expansion. While many of […]

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