Economy

Slower holiday sales growth predicted for 2013

September 17, 2013
Associated Press
Holiday shopping is likely to be hurt by the lackluster economy. In addition, there's a shorter shopping window between Black Friday and Christmas. Last year, there were 32 days during the period and this year there are 25.
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Four Hoosiers rate among 400 wealthiest in U.S.

September 16, 2013
 IBJ Staff
The widow of medical device industry pioneer Bill Cook again is the top Hoosier on the latest Forbes 400 list of the nation's wealthiest people, and this time has cracked the top 100.
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Economic growth better than expected in 2nd quarter

July 31, 2013
Associated Press
U.S. economic growth accelerated in the April-June quarter to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.7 percent. The Bureau of Economic Analysis said the rate released Wednesday was based on incomplete data and would be revised over the next month.
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U.S. economy adds 195K jobs; unemployment rate steady

July 5, 2013
Associated Press
The job growth suggests a stronger economy and makes it more likely the Federal Reserve will slow its bond purchases before year's end.
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Slower U.S. growth might lead Fed to keep up stimulus

June 27, 2013
Associated Press
The U.S. economy may not be strong enough for the Federal Reserve to slow its bond purchases later this year. That's the takeaway from economists after the government cut its estimate of growth in the January-March quarter to a 1.8-percent annual rate.
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Applications to Indiana law schools witherRestricted Content

April 13, 2013
Scott Olson
Applications to three of the four law schools in the state are in free fall as prospective students think twice about taking on mountains of debt at a time job prospects are dim.
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State adds jobs in February at healthy clip

March 29, 2013
Norm Heikens
Hiring surged in several sectors of the economy, but the unemployment rate inched higher as more residents started looking for work.
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Higher payroll taxes take toll on restaurants

March 28, 2013
Associated Press
So far, 2013 has been "a roller coaster ride" for Indiana eateries, according the state trade association's president. Industry observers say a 2-percent increase in the payroll tax is a likely culprit in a nationwide sales decline.
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U.S. economy adds jobs, but unemployment rate rises

February 1, 2013
Associated Press
U.S. employers added 157,000 jobs in January, but the unemployment rate rose to 7.9 percent, up from 7.8 percent in December.
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Economist: Quarterly report shows recession is here

January 30, 2013
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Ball State University economist Mike Hicks said the quarterly contraction in the economy only confirms his fears that the United States is already in another recession.
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U.S. unemployment rate remains at 7.8 percent

January 4, 2013
Associated Press
U.S. employers added 155,000 jobs in December, a steady gain that shows hiring held up during the tense negotiations to resolve the fiscal cliff.
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REWIND: IBJ's top 10 business stories of 2012

December 26, 2012
Top 10 business stories of 2012 Watch
                           VideoThe state's labor landscape changed, and the housing market improved. Indianapolis basked in the glow of a flawless Super Bowl, and big-name CEOs were shown the door. IBJ's reporters and editors recall the year's biggest stories.
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U.S. economy adds 146,000 jobs as unemployment rate slips

December 7, 2012
Associated Press
The Labor Department's report Friday offered a mixed picture of the economy. Hiring remained steady during November in the face of looming tax increases. But the jobless rate slipped in part because more people stopped looking for work.
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Items in '12 Days of Christmas' increase to $107,000

November 26, 2012
Associated Press
If you get buy all 364 items repeated throughout "The Twelve Days of Christmas" carol, you'll pay 6.1 percent more this year, according to the so-called Christmas Price Index that PNC Wealth Management updates annually.
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State's unemployment rate drops to 8 percent

November 20, 2012
Scott Olson
Indiana added 7,700 private-sector jobs in October, marking the largest monthly gain since May, as the unemployment rate fell for the second straight month.
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Study: Indiana’s airports contribute $14.1B in economic output

November 13, 2012
A new study says the state's 69 public airports support more than 69,000 jobs--about 30 percent of which are tied to Indianapolis International Airport.
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IU: Growth of Indiana’s labor force slowing rapidly

November 13, 2012
Scott Olson
The Indiana Business Research Center attributes the predicted slowdown during the next 30 years to an increasing number of baby boomers entering retirement and a cresting of the decades-long rise in female labor force participation.
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Indiana casino cuts 80 jobs, blames economy

November 9, 2012
Associated Press
A northwestern Indiana casino is blaming the economy and increased competition for its decision to lay off about 80 workers.
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U.S. jobless benefit applications fall slightly

November 8, 2012
Associated Press
The number of people seeking unemployment benefits fell last week by 8,000, but the figures were distorted by Superstorm Sandy. The four-week average of applications, a less volatile measure, rose by 3,250.
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Stocks plunge after election, and as Europe woes deepen

November 7, 2012
Associated Press
The Dow Jones industrial average plummeted as much as 369 points, or 2.8 percent, in the first two hours of trading. It recovered steadily in the afternoon, but slid into the close and ended down 313, its biggest point drop since this time last year.
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U.S. unemployment rate rises despite job gains

November 2, 2012
Associated Press
President Barack Obama will face voters with the highest unemployment rate of any incumbent since Franklin Roosevelt.
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IU economists predict more of the same in 2013

November 1, 2012
Scott Olson
The economy in 2013 is likely to mirror the slow-growing one of this year, economists from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business predicted Thursday morning. And it could be even worse.
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Financial crisis pushes millennials to fiscal conservatism

October 28, 2012
Associated Press
Researchers find that the recession had a particularly profound effect on the political attitudes of younger millennials, who've come of age as the adults who preceded them have lost homes, jobs and retirement funds. Their age group also faces high unemployment.
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U.S. economic growth shows only slight improvement

October 26, 2012
Associated Press
The U.S. economy grew at a slightly faster 2-percent annual rate from July through September, buoyed by more spending by consumers and the government. Still, growth remains historically anemic, and exports and business spending are weakening.
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Strategist: Economy expected to 'muddle' through 2013

October 12, 2012
Scott Olson
EcoFore Watch video iconThe U.S. economy is expected to grow next year at a less-than-ideal rate, but that's not necessarily a bad thing considering the lingering uncertainty, said John Augustine, chief investment strategist of Fifth Third Bank.
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  1. By Mr. Lee's own admission, he basically ran pro-bono ads on the billboard. Paying advertisers didn't want ads on a controversial, ugly billboard that turned off customers. At least one of Mr. Lee's free advertisers dropped out early because they found that Mr. Lee's advertising was having negative impact. So Mr. Lee is disingenous to say the city now owes him for lost revenue. Mr. Lee quickly realized his monstrosity had a dim future and is trying to get the city to bail him out. And that's why the billboard came down so quickly.

  2. Merchants Square is back. The small strip center to the south of 116th is 100% leased, McAlister’s is doing well in the outlot building. The former O’Charleys is leased but is going through permitting with the State and the town of Carmel. Mac Grill is closing all of their Indy locations (not just Merchants) and this will allow for a new restaurant concept to backfill both of their locations. As for the north side of 116th a new dinner movie theater and brewery is under construction to fill most of the vacancy left by Hobby Lobby and Old Navy.

  3. Yes it does have an ethics commission which enforce the law which prohibits 12 specific items. google it

  4. Thanks for reading and replying. If you want to see the differentiation for research, speaking and consulting, check out the spreadsheet I linked to at the bottom of the post; it is broken out exactly that way. I can only include so much detail in a blog post before it becomes something other than a blog post.

  5. 1. There is no allegation of corruption, Marty, to imply otherwise if false. 2. Is the "State Rule" a law? I suspect not. 3. Is Mr. Woodruff obligated via an employment agreement (contractual obligation) to not work with the engineering firm? 4. In many states a right to earn a living will trump non-competes and other contractual obligations, does Mr. Woodruff's personal right to earn a living trump any contractual obligations that might or might not be out there. 5. Lawyers in state government routinely go work for law firms they were formally working with in their regulatory actions. You can see a steady stream to firms like B&D from state government. It would be interesting for IBJ to do a review of current lawyers and find out how their past decisions affected the law firms clients. Since there is a buffer between regulated company and the regulator working for a law firm technically is not in violation of ethics but you have to wonder if decisions were made in favor of certain firms and quid pro quo jobs resulted. Start with the DOI in this review. Very interesting.

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