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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.

Michigan Retailers: ‘Assessor Overreach’ legislation would be unconstitutional tax increase

LANSING – Legislation that would change local property assessment practices on large retail stores amounts to “assessor overreach” and an unconstitutional tax increase, Michigan Retailers Association President and CEO James P.

Michigan Retailers elects board members, officers

LANSING – The Michigan Retailers Association Board of Directors has re-elected all officers for 2015-16, following the membership’s election of four incumbents to the board at the Association’s 2015 Annual Meeting.

Retailers forecast stronger holiday shopping

LANSING – In its most positive forecast since 2012, Michigan’s retail industry sees a stronger holiday shopping season ahead.

Two of every three Michigan retailers expect to increase sales over last year’s holiday season,