Discretionary Spending Drops Despite Lower Oil Prices

According to a report compiled by Transwestern, despite consumer savings reaped at the gas pump, retail sales fell 0.8% in January after declining 0.9% in December. read more

Output to Pick Up After Sluggish First Quarter

Bloomberg reported that we can expect output to pick up for the world economy after a disappointing first quarter, “with the U.S. leading the way.” read more

Jobs Data Threatens Outlook for Interest-Rate Increases

Bloomberg reported cracks in the U.S. labor market threatened the outlook for interest-rate increases. read more

PNC Economic Outlook: Business Owners Expect Higher Sales

Small business owners nationwide are increasingly optimistic about their sales and profits amid recent benefits from lower energy prices and growing enthusiasm about the U.S. economy, according to the latest PNC Economic Outlook Survey findings. read more

NABE: Forecasters Expecting Another Good Year

According to the latest National Association for Business Economics survey, forecasters are expecting gains in GDP in 2015 and 2016 to exceed the 2.4% gain in 2014. read more

Greenwich: Positive Signs for Small Business, Mid-Market Banking

For the past two years, small businesses and mid-sized companies have become increasingly happy about the status of their banking relationships, according to a new study from Greenwich Associates. read more

Jobless Claims Reach Five-Week Low

In the week ending March 21, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 282,000, a decrease of 9,000 from the previous week, and a five-week low. read more

TD Economics: Growth of 3% to Drive U.S. Optimism

TD Economics projects growth of 3.0% in 2015 and 2.8% in 2016, driven by the highest annual gain in jobs since 1999 and falling inflation rates, will drive U.S. consumer optimism. read more

Steady Unemployment Numbers Signal Resilient Market

In the week ending March 14, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 291,000, unchanged from the previous week, signaling the labor market remains resilient even as the economy cools. read more

Marquette Funds $4.5MM to Jackson Pipe and Steel

Marquette Business Credit recently provided funding to Jackson Pipe and Steel under a new $4,500,000 revolving line of credit to provide growth working capital and allow for inventory expansion. read more

CFO: Will Lower Unemployment Drive Bankruptcies?

CFO reported in a recent article that rising employment could deal the death blow to companies teetering on the edge of bankruptcy. read more

Fitch: Highest Global Structured Finance Upgrades Post-Crisis

In 2014 global structured finance upgrades exceeded downgrades for the first time since the financial crisis, according to Fitch Ratings. read more

Earnings Forecasts Take a Downturn

An earnings season filled with warnings of continued volatility reportedly has analysts slashing estimates by the widest margin in six years. read more

Decrease in Jobless Claims Signifies Market Improvement

In the week ending March 7, 2015, initial claims decreased 36,000 from the previous week, the U.S. Department of Labor reported, possibly signaling a leveling of the market to more consistent improvement. read more

Jobless Claims Reach Highest Level in Nine Months

In the week ending February 28, the advance figure for initial claims was 320,000, an increase of 7,000 from the previous week's unrevised level of 313,000, the highest level in nine months. read more

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