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Consumer Confidence

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  • Your chances for a raise are best in years, survey finds

     Your chances for a raise are best in years, survey finds
    Many workers in Chicago and elsewhere might have reason to feel more optimistic about their chances of getting a raise than they have in years. Nearly 2 in 5 small and midsize U.S. businesses, or 38 percent, said they plan to increase salaries in the...
  • PNC Bank forecast: Central Florida should continue growing

    PNC Bank forecast: Central Florida should continue growing
    PNC Bank released its annual economic outlook for Central Florida. The report echoed forecasts by University of Central Florida and other analysts. In a nutshell, growth should continue but median wage may not rise if growth continues to be dominated by...
  • The GOP's conundrum

    The GOP's conundrum
    Republicans seem confused as to whether they should stick to the theme that the economy is still weak — which they've been claiming since President Barack Obama took office, even though the Great Recession was created on their watch — or...
  • Digital jobs help drive Hollywood employment to highest level in decade

    Digital jobs help drive Hollywood employment to highest level in decade
    A surge in digital entertainment jobs from new online shows on Amazon, YouTube and other new-media outlets has helped drive employment in Hollywood to the highest level in a decade. Some 8,000 new jobs were added to the motion picture and sound...
  • Home sales show best January in eight years

    Home sales show best January in eight years
    Confidence in the economy and low interest rates contributed to the best January home sales the Baltimore area has seen in eight years, suggesting a strong start to the spring market, analysts and real estate agents said. Showings at open houses this...
  • Strong outlook for Lehigh Valley economy, Chamber members told

    Strong outlook for Lehigh Valley economy, Chamber members told
    The Lehigh Valley and U.S. economies are on the mend. Wells Fargo global economist Jay H. Bryson told the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce at its annual Economic Outlook meeting Tuesday that the bank forecasts improved economic growth in the...
  • Home builder confidence slips to start the year, report says

    Home builder confidence slips to start the year, report says
    U.S. home builders grew slightly less optimistic in January, although they're still confident in the market for newly built single-family homes. The National Assn. of Home Builders confidence index, released Tuesday, fell a point from December, to a...
  • Embracing color: How to set the tone with paint

    When it's time to choose paint colors for a room, people can be intimidated. "Our consumers don't have a lot of confidence in choosing a color," says Sue Kim, color strategist at The Valspar Corp. of Chicago. After all, a gap of one or two years often...
  • Prospects for housing market looking brighter

    Prospects for housing market looking brighter
    First-time homebuyers and would-be buyers with scuffed credit histories may find more doors opening to them in the real estate market in the coming year, according to a leading mortgage-industry analyst. Keith Gumbinger is vice president of HSH...
  • Orlando's 'living wage' policy unchanged for 11 years

    Orlando's 'living wage' policy unchanged for 11 years
    Orlando adopted an $8.50-an-hour "living-wage" policy in 2003 but hasn't changed it in the 11 years since. Orlando's "living-wage" policy for city workers and contractors, the only one in Central Florida, was hailed as a way to lift the working poor...
  • Franchise group optimistic about growth in 2015

    Franchise group optimistic about growth in 2015
    Franchise businesses are optimistic about growing in 2015, but are concerned that increased federal regulations and a higher minimum wage could pressure that growth. The International Franchise Association expects the franchise industry to add 247,000...