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Shoppers Urged to Buy Nearby, Support Michigan Communities this Festival Weekend

Lansing businesses join Buy Nearby Guy at Zoobie’s Old Town Tavern

LANSING, Mich. — Old Town business owners in Lansing today joined James P. Hallan of the Michigan Retailers Association (MRA) to remind residents that where they spend their shopping dollars this festival and Father’s Day weekend and throughout the year matters a great deal to Michigan’s local communities and state and local economies.

Michigan retailers expect summer sales gains

LANSING – Michigan retailers’ summer sales forecasts remain strong despite a dip in sales in May, according to the latest Michigan Retail Index, a joint project of Michigan Retailers Association (MRA) and the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.

Schwark brothers create legacy scholarship through Michigan Retailers Association

LANSING — Brothers and businessmen Jim, Tom and Mike Schwark of Macomb County have established an annual college scholarship in honor of their parents, especially their late father’s highly successful career in furniture retailing.

Michigan retailers remain upbeat

LANSING – Michigan retailers’ sales forecasts remain strong for late spring and early summer, according to the latest Michigan Retail Index, a joint project of Michigan Retailers Association (MRA) and the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.

Retail sales and forecasts rising in spring

LANSING – Michigan retailers’ sales and forecasts both rose in April, according to the latest Michigan Retail Index survey, a joint project of Michigan Retailers Association (MRA) and the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.

Legislators trying to discourage taxpayers from appealing property assessments

LANSING – Legislation approved by the House Tax Policy Committee today is a backhanded attempt to discourage taxpayers from appealing their property assessments, Michigan Retailers Association (MRA) said today.

“We’re disappointed that lawmakers failed to take into consideration the concerns expressed by taxpayers and reported out a deeply flawed bill that would turn the appeals process on its head and drive up taxes,” said Amy Drumm,

Michigan retail sales bounce back

LANSING – Michigan retailers’ sales rose sharply in March, rebounding from their steep drop in February, according to the Michigan Retail Index, a joint project of Michigan Retailers Association (MRA) and the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.

February cold hurts Michigan retail sales

LANSING – Michigan retailers’ sales fell along with the temperatures during February, according to the Michigan Retail Index, a joint project of Michigan Retailers Association (MRA) and the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.

Michigan retailers expect sales growth this year

LANSING – Seventy-nine percent of Michigan retail businesses expect to grow their sales this year, with the increases averaging 2.4 percent, according to the Michigan Retail Index, a joint project of Michigan Retailers Association (MRA) and the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.