Retail

Bookstore Sales Up in October After Two Months of Declines

Bookstore sales totaled $699 million in October, up 7.7 percent from $649 million in October 2017.

12/17/2018 By Staff

Snapshot

Streets of Paradise Puts Homelessness in Focus

Greg Cruz and Allan Mestel created an online photo series to raise awareness about homelessness in the area, then flipped it into a full-fledged nonprofit.

12/06/2018 By Giulia Heyward

Data

Local Poverty Rates Decline

The percentage of households living in poverty in Sarasota and Manatee counties declined between 2016 and 2017, according to new Census data.

12/03/2018 By Staff

Real estate

Construction Spending Up

Total construction spending in America ticked up by 0.4 percent between April and May, according to new data published by the U.S. Census Bureau.

07/03/2018 By Staff

Data

Population Up in Sarasota, Manatee Counties

Sarasota County's population rose by 1.5 percent between 2016 and 2017, while Manatee County's grew by almost 2.7 percent.

05/24/2018 By Staff

Data

National Home Sales Drop Slightly

Sales of new single-family homes in America declined by 1.5 percent between March and April.

05/23/2018 By Staff

Real estate

American Housing Starts Drop for Second Straight Month

The number of new American housing starts dropped by .8 percent between July and August after falling by 2.2 percent between June and July.

09/22/2017 By staff

Data

Incomes Up, Poverty Down in 2016

America's median household income grew by 3.2 percent between 2015 and 2016 and the percentage of those in poverty declined by .8 percent.

09/13/2017 By staff

Data

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

Data

Greater Sarasota Area the 10th Fastest-Growing in America

The North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton region ranked as the country's 10th fastest-growing metropolitan area between mid-2015 and mid-2016, according to data released Thursday by the United States Census Bureau.

03/23/2017 By staff