American Consumer Confidence Up Slightly

American consumer confidence ticked up slightly during the month of June, according to new survey results published by The Conference Board.

06/29/2017 By staff


Fourth of July Cookout Spending Expected to Rise

Americans are expected to spend $7.1 billion on food for cookouts and picnics as they celebrate the Fourth of July this year.

06/23/2017 By staff

Real estate

Florida Home Sales and Prices Up

Sales of single-family homes in Florida totaled 27,850 in May, up 7.6 percent from May 2016, according to new data released by Florida Realtors.

06/21/2017 By staff


Rate of Housing Starts Drops

The rate of new housing starts dropped by 5.5 percent between April and May and in May stood at 2.4 percent below the May 2016 rate.

06/20/2017 By staff


Father's Day Spending Expected to Rise

Father's Day shoppers are expected to spend $134.75 on average for the holiday, with total spending expected to reach $15.5 billion.

06/14/2017 By staff


Retail Import Growth Slows, But Is Expected to Rise

The National Retail Federation is predicting that imports at America's major retail container ports will hit a new high later this summer.

06/13/2017 By staff


Business Travel Association Predicts Major Losses This Year

The Global Business Travel Association is predicting that the United States will lose more than $1.3 billion in travel-related expenditures in 2017 due to "mounting geopolitical uncertainty."

06/08/2017 By staff


Florida Consumer Confidence Drops Again

Florida consumer confidence dropped in May for the second month in a row, according to new research published by the University of Florida’s Bureau of Economic and Business Research.

06/05/2017 By staff


138,000 Jobs Added in May

The American economy added 138,000 jobs in May and the unemployment rate dropped slightly to 4.3 percent.

06/02/2017 By staff


Graduation Gift Spending Expected to Reach New High

A new survey found that consumers expect to spend $5.6 billion on graduation gifts this year.

06/02/2017 By staff


Mothers Paid 71 Cents for Every Dollar Paid to Fathers

The wage gap between mothers and fathers is even wider than the broader wage gap between women and men, according to a new report issued by the National Women's Law Center.

05/26/2017 By staff


Home Sales Up, Condo Sales Down

The number of single family home sales in Sarasota County increased by 8.3 percent between April 2016 and last month, while Manatee County experienced a 1.5 percent increase.

05/24/2017 By staff


Florida Unemployment Rate Drops

Florida’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped to 4.5 percent last month, down 0.3 percentage points from March.

05/22/2017 By staff


Sarasota Ranks Highly in List of 'Best Places to Retire'

Sarasota was recently ranked as the ninth best city in Florida in which to retire by SmartAsset, a financial technology company.

05/15/2017 By staff


Manatee County Tourism Up in 2016

Manatee County drew in almost 3.1 million tourists in 2016, a 2.7 percent increase over 2015.

05/15/2017 By staff


Florida Drops in Ranking of States Based on Senior Health

Florida comes in at No. 30 in a new ranking of states based on seniors' health issued by the United Health Foundation, a drop of six places from last year's ranking.

05/10/2017 By staff


Unemployment Rate Holds Steady

The American economy added 211,000 new jobs during the month of April and the unemployment rate held steady at 4.4 percent, according to numbers released Friday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

05/09/2017 By staff


Small Business Owners More Optimistic

Eighty-eight percent of small business owners are optimistic about the near-term outlook on the national economy, according to the latest survey results published as part of the PNC Economic Outlook.

05/08/2017 By staff

Real estate

Real Estate Firm's Sales Up in Quarter One

RoseBay International, Inc. recently reported a 40 percent sales increase between the first quarter of 2016 and the first quarter of 2017.

05/05/2017 By staff


Mother's Day Spending Expected to Top $23 Billion

Mother’s Day shoppers are expected to spend an average of $186.39 for the holiday, up from last year’s $172.22.

05/05/2017 By staff