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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.

MRA announces two promotions, new hire

LANSING – Michigan Retailers Association (MRA) announced the promotions of Lansing area residents Ally Nemetz andAmy Drumm and the hiring of Dave Papp of Ann Arbor.

Nemetz was promoted to director,

Michigan Retailers Association offers more than 30 college scholarships

LANSING – Michigan Retailers Association is offering 34 or more college scholarships this spring through the annual competition funded by its Michigan Retailers Foundation.

At least 34 scholarships will be available to the families of MRA members and their employees for the 2015-16 academic year.

Strong December lifts Michigan holiday season

LANSING – Most Michigan retailers reported better holiday sales, thanks to a strong December, according to the Michigan Retail Index, a joint project of Michigan Retailers Association (MRA) and the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.