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Fewer M&A professionals and business executives expect deal flow to strengthen in the year ahead. That’s according to an annual survey by law firm Dykema that indicates M&A activity could be peaking after a hot market the last few years.

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Job growth across a wide labor market in the central and west Michigan areas — including Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo and Lansing — is now “peaking,” as the auto industry hits a cyclical high, Comerica chief economist Robert Dye wrote.

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While sales were up for Zeeland-based Gentex Corp. (Nasdaq: GNTX), the automotive supplier reported lower profit margins and net income based on market and customer fluctuations. Meanwhile engineering and R&D expenditures rose along with the the company’s cash on hand, suggesting that new products and acquisitions could be in the company’s future.

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The index reached 124.8 for the month, up from 121.5 in April and well above the 117.4-point average for all of 2014. Seven out of eight criteria used for the monthly economic Index increased in May, including labor market and housing-related indicators.

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The nearly 900 small and midsized business owners that responded to the semi-annual survey by Accident Fund Insurance Co. and the Michigan Business Network continue to have strong expectations for sales and earnings growth in the next six months.

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Lansing-based Neogen Corp. (NASDAQ: NEOG), a manufacturer of testing kits for food safety, animal safety and other industries, posted revenues of $78,6 million in its fourth quarter, a 17 percent increase over the previous year, according to an earnings statement released today. Neogen’s revenues for its 2015 fiscal year also increased 14 percent to $283 million, from 247.4 million the year prior.

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Mercantile Bank Corp. today reported substantially higher quarterly earnings, now a year after its merger with the former Firstbank Corp. and the related costs.

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It’s the money that matters. According to a new survey, the choice of doctors and hospitals appears secondary for many people who buy their own health coverage and opt for a lower premium.

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Companies in Michigan created 616 jobs in the first quarter of 2015. The job growth was generated from three projects, one each in Midland, Huron and Sanilac counties, according to the study.

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At a time when employers are focusing on retaining skilled a workforce — especially as the pool of available workers shrinks — new research shows they have foregone doling out more money to employees via performance-based raises.

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