Retail

Valentine's Day Spending Expected to Reach $19.6 Billion

If correct, that total would represent an increase from last year, when Americans spent $18.2 billion on Valentine's Day gifts.

02/07/2018 By Staff

Nonprofits

Report Puts Goodwill's Statewide Economic Impact at $1.3 Billion

Goodwill Manasota’s local economic impact was calculated at more than $92.1 million—a 13.1 percent increase over 2016.

02/07/2018 By Staff

Data

Survey Shows American Consumer Confidence Up

Americans' consumer confidence increased in January after a decline in December, according to the newest Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index.

02/05/2018 By Staff

Data

Unemployment Rate Steady

The American unemployment rate held steady at 4.1 percent while the economy added 200,000 jobs in January, according to new Bureau of Labor Statistics data.

02/02/2018 By Staff

Hospitality

Turnover in the Restaurant Industry Remains High

The turnover rate for employees in the restaurant industry exceeded 70 percent for the second straight year, according to a new report from Upserve.

01/26/2018 By Staff

Data

U.S. Drops in 'Best Countries' Ranking

The United States dropped from seventh to eighth in the latest ranking of the world's top countries by U.S. News & World Report.

01/26/2018 By Staff

Data

International Tourism to the U.S. Drops

Total global travel volume increased by 7.9 percent between 2015 and 2017, while America's share dropped from 13.5 percent in 2015 to 11.9 percent last year.

01/24/2018 By Staff

Real estate

Home and Condo Sales Increased in December

The number of closed sales of single-family homes and condos in Florida rose between last November and December.

01/24/2018 By Staff

Data

Sarasota Ranked in List of Top 100 American Cities

Sarasota was recently ranked as America's 84th best city in which to live by Livability.

01/23/2018 By Staff

Data

Ackerman Group Ranked as Top Real Estate Sales Team for 2017

The Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate team finished last year with $66.5 million in sales volume.

01/22/2018 By Staff

Tourism

Report Finds Camping Industry on the Rise

A new report on millennials' travel habits finds that "after years of decline, the camping industry is growing."

01/19/2018 By staff

Data

Homebuilder Confidence Drops Slightly

American homebuilders were slightly less confident about market conditions in January than in December, according to this month's Housing Market Index.

01/19/2018 By staff

Data

Holiday Spending Increased in 2017

Retail sales last November and December increased 5.5 percent over November and December of 2016, according to the National Retail Federation.

01/18/2018 By staff

Data

Number of Retail Jobs Down

The number of American retail jobs decreased by 20,200 in December.

01/08/2018 By staff

Data

Unemployment Rate Holds Steady

The American unemployment rate remained 4.1 percent in December, with the economy adding 148,000 new jobs during the final month of 2017.

01/05/2018 By staff

Data

Growth in Health Care Spending Slows

The rate of growth in American health care spending dropped from 5.7 percent during the first decade of the new century to 3.6 percent during the period of 2010-2016.

01/03/2018 By staff

Data

Florida Consumer Confidence Drops

Floridians' consumer confidence dropped during the month of December, according to newly published survey results.

01/02/2018 By staff

Data

Number of Fatal Workplace Accidents Up

There were a total of 5,190 fatal work injuries recorded in the United States in 2016, a 7 percent increase from the 4,836 fatal injuries reported in 2015.

12/29/2017 By staff

Data

American Life Expectancy Drops for Second Straight Year

Life expectancy dropped to 78.6 in 2016, down from 78.8 in 2015 and 78.9 in 2014.

12/21/2017 By staff

Data

Sarasota County Home Sales Down, Condo Sales Up

The number of closed sales of single-family homes in Sarasota County declined by 10.1 percent between October and November.

12/20/2017 By staff