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Solid May retail sales add to positive trend

LANSING – Overall Michigan retail sales remained strong in May, the fourth consecutive month of positive performance, according to the Michigan Retail Index, a joint project of Michigan Retailers Association (MRA) and the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.

Retailers’ sales and forecasts remain positive

LANSING – Michigan retailers’ sales and forecasts remained positive in March while slipping only slightly from the previous month, according to the latest Michigan Retail Index survey, a joint project of Michigan Retailers Association (MRA) and the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.

Michigan Retailers names business representative for Central/Southwest Michigan

LANSING – Brian Scott, a mid-Michigan resident with solid experience in sales and client service, has joined Michigan Retailers Association (MRA) as its business development representative in Central and Southwest Michigan.

Michigan retailers’ sales and forecasts rise

LANSING – Michigan retailers boosted their three-month sales forecasts after posting improved sales in February, according to the latest Michigan Retail Index survey, a joint project of Michigan Retailers Association (MRA) and the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.

Retailers project modest 2016 sales growth

LANSING – Despite a slow start in January, Michigan retailers are forecasting sales growth averaging 2 percent in 2016, according to the latest Michigan Retail Index survey, a joint project of Michigan Retailers Association (MRA) and the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.

Michigan Retailers Association offers three dozen college scholarships

LANSING – Michigan Retailers Association is offering approximately 36 college scholarships this spring through the annual competition funded by its Michigan Retailers Foundation.

The scholarships are available for the 2016-17 academic year to the families of MRA member businesses and their employees.

Warm weather helped cool holiday sales

LANSING – Heat Miser appeared to get the upper hand, as unseasonably warm weather helped push Michigan retailers’ holiday sales below forecasts. Sales increased 0.4 percent over the 2014 season despite retailers’ forecasts of a 2 percent rise,

Retailers look forward to big shopping weekend

LANSING – Michigan retailers are looking forward to this big holiday shopping weekend – the final one before Christmas.

“The weekend before Christmas is traditionally one of the two biggest of the season and the year,” said MRA President and CEO James P.

Retailers post small sales gains in October

LANSING – Michigan retailers rang up slightly better sales in October, according to the latest Michigan Retail Index survey, a joint project of Michigan Retailers Association (MRA) and the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.