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Most Michigan retailers’ sales fall in January amid strong signs for spring
In what is typically a slow month for retailers, a significant number of merchants saw a decrease in sales to start the year.
People in the News: July 18, 2022
People in the News: A roundup of new hires, promotions and awards in West Michigan.
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.
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.
Michigan retailers face sales plateau, focus on holiday season
Retailers across the state reported a small increase in sales in August over July.
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.
Michigan retailers report ‘large upswing’ with September sales
Nearly half of Michigan retailers optimistically expect higher sales in the coming holiday shopping season.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Michigan retailers start 2020 on ‘positive note’
Michigan retailers reported a strong start to 2020.
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.
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.
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.”
Growth Report: December 7, 2019
Here is the growth report for December 7, 2019.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.