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Displaying items tagged: Michigan Retailers Association

Sunday, 17 July 2022 18:53

People in the News: July 18, 2022

People in the News: A roundup of new hires, promotions and awards in West Michigan.

Published in Talent
Sunday, 30 January 2022 14:00

Tax cut negotiations on deck between Whitmer, Republicans

Competing proposals from Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Republicans who control the Legislature put tax cuts on the election-year agenda in Lansing.

Published in Economic Development
Wednesday, 22 December 2021 19:02

Retailers report higher sales in November compared to 2020

Retailers had better sales in November compared to the same period in recent years, a statewide trade group reported Wednesday. 

Published in Small Business

Thursday, 23 September 2021 17:58

Michigan retailers face sales plateau, focus on holiday season

Retailers across the state reported a small increase in sales in August over July.

Published in Small Business
Tuesday, 24 November 2020 09:45

Retailers share optimistic outlook as holiday shopping season approaches

Michigan retailers are approaching the holiday shopping season with optimism and expectations for higher online sales, despite reporting lower sales for last month and new state restrictions from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Published in Economic Development
Wednesday, 21 October 2020 12:52

Michigan retailers report ‘large upswing’ with September sales

Nearly half of Michigan retailers optimistically expect higher sales in the coming holiday shopping season.

Published in Economic Development

Thursday, 17 September 2020 11:37

Bills would exempt PPE purchases from sales, use tax for employers

Employers could buy pandemic-related personal protection equipment without having to pay state sales or use taxes under proposed statewide legislation.

Published in Economic Development
Friday, 28 August 2020 10:03

Michigan retailers report sales continue to rebound

Retailers recorded further improvement in sales for July, as Michigan’s economy rebounds from the deep spring decline resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic and state stay-at-home orders.

Published in Economic Development
Thursday, 30 July 2020 14:37

Retailers report higher June activity, but ‘seesaw’ expected in months ahead

More than half of Michigan retailers had higher sales in June from the prior month and expect about the same sales volume through the summer and into fall, according to a recent survey.

Published in Small Business

Sunday, 12 July 2020 20:07

Medical groups back mask mandate as COVID cases rise: ‘This is serious, but preventable’

As the state mandates face coverings for indoor public places and large outdoor gatherings, a coalition of health care organizations in Michigan urges residents to raise “their vigilance against COVID-19,” maintain distance from one another and to wear a mask.

Published in Health Care
Friday, 10 July 2020 12:14

New state order requires mask to be worn in indoor public places, some outdoor areas

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer today issued an executive order requiring people to wear masks starting next week when they are in indoor public places and crowded outdoor spaces to reduce the spread of the coronavirus and the growing number of COVID-19 cases.

Published in Economic Development
Friday, 26 June 2020 10:41

Survey shows downward trend for retailers in May but optimism this summer

Michigan retail sales remained in the “tank” during May as many stores remained closed, although a monthly survey and activity index suggest a rebound this summer after reopening.

Published in Small Business

Sunday, 07 June 2020 18:30

Retail shops focus on customer service in gradual reopening

Providing different ways to shop and making customers feel as safe as possible remains the focus for retailers as they gradually work to reopen their stores. 

Monday, 01 June 2020 16:40

Whitmer: Michigan makes ‘big step forward’ in reengaging economy

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed an executive order today that moves Michigan into the next phase of a pandemic reopening plan and rescinds a statewide stay-home order in place since March 23.

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 26 April 2020 17:26

Lakeshore retailers adapt, move online as some scramble to stay afloat

As the owner of longtime downtown Grand Haven retailer Down To Earth, Sholeh Veiseh has turned to hosting virtual fashion shows and offering sales on social media to bring in some revenue during the coronavirus closure.

Published in Small Business

Friday, 24 April 2020 12:00

Michigan enters ‘preliminary stage of economic re-engagement’

Michigan has hit the “preliminary stage of economic re-engagement,” Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said today after modifying and extending the state’s stay-at-home order through May 15.

Published in Economic Development
Thursday, 23 April 2020 14:02

Michigan retailers report ‘dismal’ March activity

Nearly nine in 10 Michigan retailers say their sales declined in March, and about three-quarters expect further decreases over the next three months.

Published in Small Business
Friday, 27 March 2020 05:05

Prior to coronavirus closures, Michigan retailers expected strong spring

Retailers in Michigan had at one time expected higher sales through the spring, although the public health crisis that led to the state’s stay-home order this week now has them in uncharted territory.

Published in Economic Development

Sunday, 23 February 2020 19:30

Michigan retailers start 2020 on ‘positive note’

Michigan retailers reported a strong start to 2020.

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 05 January 2020 17:10

Bottle bill expansion plan comes as communities struggle with recycling

The latest attempt to expand Michigan’s successful bottle deposit law comes as communities across the state struggle to maintain recycling programs amid overseas economic pressures.

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 15 December 2019 20:34

New state law requires online retailers to collect Michigan taxes

Online retail websites now have to collect and pay state sales taxes on consumer purchases in Michigan. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Thursday signed legislation requiring sales tax collections by online platforms such as Amazon and eBay. The laws fix a loophole that allowed organizations to forgo tax collection on transactions by sellers who use a third party’s platform.

Published in Economic Development

Sunday, 15 December 2019 20:10

Retailers: Bottle bill expansion won’t fix Michigan’s ‘dismal’ recycling rate

Legislation to expand Michigan’s 43-year-old bottle deposit law and increase recycling amid growing use of single-use plastics was met with opposition by a statewide group representing retailers and grocery stores who said the bills would do little to improve “Michigan’s dismal recycling rate.”

Published in Economic Development
Saturday, 07 December 2019 09:07

Growth Report: December 7, 2019

Here is the growth report for December 7, 2019.

Published in Economic Development
Friday, 22 November 2019 11:11

Slowing economy, GM strike contribute to weaker retail sales

Michigan retailers report they had sluggish sales last month, the result of a slowing economy and other factors such as the six-week strike against General Motors.

Published in Economic Development

Sunday, 25 August 2019 12:20

Michigan retailers expect continued growth

Michigan retailers recorded a small improvement in business during July, as warm weather drew shoppers into stores and consumers began shopping for the new school year.

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 28 July 2019 12:00

Michigan retailers remain positive even amid sales dip in June

Michigan retailers reported a dip in sales during June, although they remain optimistic that business will pick up over the next few months, according to a monthly index released last week.

Published in Finance
Sunday, 30 June 2019 12:00

Surveys show Michigan businesses owners remain optimistic, despite growing concerns

A new sentiment survey finds business owners still feel good about present conditions, despite outlooks for slower economic growth and ongoing worries about talent and health care costs.

Published in Small Business

Sunday, 09 June 2019 19:00

LEVEL PLAYING FIELD: Bills would force out-of-state online retailers to collect sales tax

Shoppers often visit Great Northern Trading Co. to look around and ask about products. Many visitors to the Rockford-based home decor and gift store also pull out their smartphones to compare prices with online retailers. 

Published in Small Business
Sunday, 26 August 2018 19:29

West Michigan retail sites active among buyers, attract out-of-state mone

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP — West Michigan’s retail sector continues to attract investment from outside the state amid an active real estate market.

Saturday, 04 August 2018 15:51

Q&A: James Hallan, President and CEO, Michigan Retailers Association

A new report by Lansing-based research firm Public Sector Consultants Inc. determined that Michigan consumers sent $18.5 billion out of state with their growing use of e-commerce. The report, commissioned by the Michigan Retailers Association, was released in conjunction with the debut of the group’s Buy Nearby campaign that aims to educate consumers on the benefits of shopping locally. The PSC report found that if consumers switched just one out of every 10 purchases to a local retailer, Michigan would stand to gain $1.2 billion annually in increased economic activity and 10,600 new jobs in the retail industry, which already employs one in five Michiganders. MRA President and CEO James Hallan spoke with MiBiz about the trade group’s focus on the benefits of shopping locally. 

Published in Breaking News

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