News Releases

Michigan retailers forecast 2017 sales gains

LANSING – 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 (MRA) and the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.

Retirement, promotion and new underwriter at Retailers Insurance Company

LANSING – Michigan Retailers Association’s Retailers Insurance Company announced the following personnel changes:
• Patty Zaskowski, director of underwriting, retired on January 31.
• Laura Schilling was promoted to director of underwriting from manager of underwriting.

Mixed results for Michigan holiday shopping

LANSING – Weaker than expected December sales undercut November gains, producing mixed holiday season results for Michigan’s retail industry. That’s according to the Michigan Retail Index, a joint project of Michigan Retailers Association (MRA) and the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.

Michigan Retailers Association offering larger college and training scholarships this year

LANSING – Students across Michigan are competing for larger college and training scholarships this year from Michigan Retailers Association (MRA). The application period for the annual competition runs from January 1 through April 1.

Michigan retailers forecast good start to new year

LANSING – Michigan retailers are optimistic about the home stretch of holiday shopping and the first two months of the new year, according to the Michigan Retail Index, a joint project of Michigan Retailers Association (MRA) and the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.

Holiday shopping shifts into high gear; Buy Nearby shoppers help local, state economies

LANSING – Holiday shoppers in Michigan this Thanksgiving weekend will quickly get into the thick of what retailers expect to be a positive holiday season.

Nearly two-thirds (63 percent) of Michigan Retailers Association (MRA) members project their sales to increase over last year’s,

Michigan retailers predict positive holiday season

LANSING – Michigan retailers are forecasting a positive holiday season, with their sales rising by an average of 2.1 percent over last year, according to the Michigan Retail Index, a joint project of Michigan Retailers Association (MRA) and the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.

Teacher Wins $500 Gift Card on I Buy Nearby Weekend

Michigan Retailers Association awards prize in #ibuynearby photo contest

Okemos, Mich. — Julie Kowalewski tries to always buy nearby, so it was especially thrilling when she won a $500 gift card from the Michigan Retailers Association (MRA) for the photo she took showing off the necklace she bought at Becky Beauchine Kulka Diamonds and Fine Jewelry (BBK) in Okemos during I Buy Nearby weekend.

Michigan retailers improve outlook for autumn

LANSING – Michigan retailers’ autumn sales forecasts rose modestly following sluggish sales growth in August, according to the Michigan Retail Index, a joint project of Michigan Retailers Association (MRA) and the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.

Oakland County Retailers, Local Leaders Emphasize Importance to Area Economy of Buying Nearby

Special deals available to shoppers at upcoming I Buy Nearby Weekend

ROCHESTER, Mich. — Speaking in the heart of a successful downtown in Oakland County, James P.