Economy

Economy
3:05 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

Early Holiday Shopping Numbers Show A Decline Over Last Year

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(WXXI News & AP) Despite the frenzy you may have seen in some stores over the Thanksgiving weekend period, sales nationally were down compared to last year. Some estimates say that sales both in stores and online are estimated to have dropped 11 percent compared to the same time in 2013.

Retired RIT Marketing Professor Eugene Fram says that may be due to lingering concerns about the health of the economy.

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Economy
11:14 am
Fri November 28, 2014

Cuomo Declares Small Business Saturday

Governor Andrew Cuomo tells New Yorkers to shop locally this weekend.

The governor has proclaimed the Saturday after Thanksgiving “Small Business Saturday.”

The idea is for New Yorkers to visit local retailers.

Daniel Mejak is the operations manager at Parkleigh—a small business on Park Avenue.

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Economy
1:28 pm
Thu November 27, 2014

Area Shoppers & Stores Get Early Start To Black Friday

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Thousands of people flocked to the malls and shopping centers looking for  bargains on Black Friday, but that day may have lost some of its significance. That's partly due to the fact that more stores are opening on Thanksgiving, and at Eastview Mall, manager Mike Kauffman says the change began several years ago.

“It seems like it started 3 or 4 years ago and as time has gone on and the retailers have seen that they have success opening up on Thanksgiving evening, that word has spread, and we’re seeing more and more stores do it.”

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Economy
6:25 am
Thu November 27, 2014

A Reminder About Sales Tax On Clothing

 ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York tax officials are reminding shoppers and merchants that purchases of clothing and footwear for less than $110 are exempt from the state's 4 percent sales tax and from the local sales tax in New York City and eight counties.

The local taxes range from 3.5 percent to almost 5 percent.

Counties with exemptions are Chautauqua, Chenango, Columbia, Delaware, Greene, Hamilton, Tioga and Wayne.

Tax Commissioner Thomas Mattox says the exemptions are in effect every day, but especially relevant heading into the holiday shopping season.

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Economy
3:16 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Unemployment Rate Drops To 5.5 Percent

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The State Labor Department says that the unemployment rate in the Rochester area  dropped in October. The rate for the metro area was 5.5  percent, down one percent from this time last year.

State Labor Analyst Kevin Jack says there are a number of reasons why the rate fell, including the fact that the labor force is shrinking, partly due to demographic and other factors.

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Economy
12:07 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Most New Yorkers Won't Increase Holiday Budget, According to Survey

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Consumer confidence is up both in New York State and nationally, but that is not translating into more holiday spending, according to the latest survey by Siena College.

Siena Research Institute Don Levy says most New Yorkers plan on spending about the same amount that they did last year, and 64-percent say they want to hold their holiday expenses to under $600.

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Economy
4:23 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

RBA Board Chair: Duffy's the Right Man for the Job

RBA Board Chair Daan Braveman talking to reporters about the RBA's new president and CEO, Bob Duffy
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The chairman of the board of the Rochester Business Alliance says they chose Bob Duffy as their new CEO because of Duffy's wide-ranging experience as chief of police, Mayor, Lt. Governor, and as someone heavily involved in economic development.

Daan Bravemen says Duffy brings a lot to the job.

Braveman says Duffy was a top contender for the job when he first applied for the position.
Duffy later withdrew his name, but Braveman says Duffy expressed interest in the job again, and was a unanimous choice of the executive committee.

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Economy
9:11 am
Wed November 19, 2014

Bob Duffy Named To Head Up The Rochester Business Alliance

In a move that has been rumored for months now, the Rochester Business Alliance has named Bob Duffy to take over as President and CEO after Sandy Parker retires at the end of this year.

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Economy
11:30 am
Mon November 17, 2014

Valeant's Bid For Allergan May Be Over

(AP & WXXI News) Actavis will pay $66 billion to buy fellow drugmaker Allergan in a deal that could finally end a months-long takeover push from Valeant Pharmaceuticals for the Botox maker. Valeant is the parent company of Bausch+Lomb.

Actavis said Monday that it will spend $219 in cash and stock for each share of Allergan.

Valeant said separately that the Actavis bid was a price it "cannot justify to its own shareholders."

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Economy
4:58 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Union Rallies In Front Of RG&E Building

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Dozens of people crowded the sidewalk Friday in front of the RG&E  building on East Avenue near Chestnut Street, in a rally organized by local labor groups.

They are upset over demolition work at the Russell and Beebee stations, because union officials say the California contractor doing work there is not hiring local workers.

Daniel Kuntz is a business manager for Laborers' Local 435, and he says the contractor has not been responsive to their request.

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