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Retail forecasts rise after April sales climb

LANSING – Michigan retailers welcomed a long-awaited rise in sales during April with a burst of optimism about sales for the rest of spring and early summer, according to the Michigan Retail Index,

Retail sales remain chilled during March

LANSING – A hoped-for surge in Michigan retail sales after a long, severe winter never materialized in March, building up expectations for improvement in April, according to the latest Michigan Retail Index,

Retail sales and forecasts improve, but still cool

LANSING – Sales and short-term forecasts for Michigan retail businesses improved during February, but they still have a lot of frozen ground to make up after the extreme winter, according to the latest Michigan Retail Index,

Governor adds momentum to Main St. Fairness

LANSING – Michigan’s retail industry applauded Governor Rick Snyder today for his support of Main Street Fairness legislation and said it accelerates momentum for passage of the Internet sales tax collection measure currently in the Michigan Legislature.

Retailers’ 2014 forecasts turn chilly

LANSING – Michigan retail businesses project only a 1.4 percent increase in their own sales this year, following a poor holiday shopping season and a worse January, according to the Michigan Retail Index,

Michigan Retailers Association offering more than 30 college scholarships

LANSING —Michigan Retailers Association is offering more than 30 college scholarships this spring through its annual competition funded by Michigan Retailers Foundation.

At least 34 scholarships will be available to MRA members and their employees and families for the 2014-15 academic year.

Retailers report weak holiday sales

LANSING – Hurt by damaging winter storms and outdated government policies that favor out-of-state, online companies, Michigan’s retail industry suffered a poor holiday shopping season, the Michigan Retailers Association (MRA) said today.