Topic - Retail

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Is subprime lending making a comeback?

News reports have suggested that higher-risk lending is on the rise, but an analysis by the Minneapolis Fed paints a more nuanced picture.
Michael Grover
October 2014 - Community Dividend

Helping small businesses survive big construction: Strategies from the Green Line LRT project

When major construction tore up a busy Twin Cities thoroughfare, a public-private partnership mobilized to help small businesses weather the disruptions.
Jacob Wascalus
July 2014 - Community Dividend

Farm to school movement connects kids and healthy foods

More and more schools are using their local purchasing power to change the relationship students have with food.
Jacob Wascalus
January 2014 - Community Dividend

Healthy food access does indeed matter, report on recent research says

January 2014 - Community Dividend

Long-awaited rules require the BIA to "buy Indian"

New rules that implement the Buy Indian Act of 1910 give procurement preferences to Indian-owned businesses.
Paula Woessner
October 2013 - Community Dividend

Federal tax credit program helps spur Butte business revival

With the help of New Markets Tax Credits, a mixed-use redevelopment project in Uptown Butte, Mont., is catalyzing further revitalization in the area.
Jacob Wascalus
July 2013 - Community Dividend

Forecast models and surveys point to steady growth in 2013

District Economic Outlook
Rob Grunewald, Joe Mahon
January 2013 - fedgazette

Many business leaders expect sluggish economic growth in 2013

Business Outlook Poll
Toby Madden
January 2013 - fedgazette

Spanning the spectrum of Native workforce development

Initiatives under way in the Ninth District demonstrate that Native-focused organizations are working to increase work preparedness, education levels, and employment rates in the communities they serv
Jacob Wascalus
July 2012 - Community Dividend

Business leaders expect solid growth for their companies in 2012

Business Outlook Poll
Toby Madden
December 2011 - fedgazette

Businesses see expansion over the next four quarters

Business Outlook Poll
Toby Madden
June 2011 - fedgazette

Businesses are optimistic for 2011

Business Outlook Poll
Toby Madden
December 2010 - fedgazette

Mild Ninth District recovery expected to warm up

District Economic Outlook
Toby Madden, Rob Grunewald
December 2010 - fedgazette

Fed creates online database of credit card agreements

October 2010 - Community Dividend

Fed Governor Duke tours Minneapolis marketplaces

On a recent visit, Federal Reserve Governor Elizabeth Duke toured two culturally diverse marketplaces that have helped revitalize their surrounding neighborhoods.
July 2010 - Community Dividend

A slow recovery is under way

District Economic Outlook
Toby Madden, Rob Grunewald
January 2010 - fedgazette

Collateral damage

While real estate still struggles through the housing collapse, commercial mortgages are piling on more pain
Ronald A. Wirtz
January 2010 - fedgazette

CRF to launch green loan program for small businesses

November 2009 - Community Dividend

Overcoming start-up barriers: Native-owned food business serves up lessons learned

The founders of Native American Natural Foods demonstrate that the goal of starting up a well-positioned business on an Indian reservation is attainable, provided certain elements are in place.
Sandy Gerber
November 2009 - Community Dividend

Remote sellers: The tax man cometh?

State-led initiative to tax remote sales slowly gaining momentum
Madeline Christensen
September 2009 - fedgazette

The not-as-big three

Chrysler, GM dealerships slashed across the district
Madeline Christensen
September 2009 - fedgazette

A nice place to visit, but ...

Tourism can spark economic growth, but public funding of the industry is questionable
Phil Davies
May 2009 - fedgazette

Where have all the tourists gone?

Leisure travel has been hit hard in many parts of the district. Tourism businesses and promoters have been forced to adapt.
Phil Davies
May 2009 - fedgazette

Driving a hard bargain

Tighter credit in the district may be adding to the woes of auto dealers
Phil Davies
January 2009 - fedgazette

The second garage

Robust growth in self-storage space has slowed, but the district outlook calls for further expansion
Joe Mahon
November 2008 - fedgazette

To market, to market to buy a fat tomato

As consumer demand grows, so do Ninth District farmers markets
Kathy Cobb
September 2008 - fedgazette

Store clearance

Retail vacancy rates are up in the district, especially for strip malls
Joe Mahon
May 2008 - fedgazette

Last call for liquor licenses

South Dakota State Roundup
March 2008 - fedgazette

State passes cable competition bill

Wisconsin State Roundup
March 2008 - fedgazette

Description of Data used in fedgazette Wal-Mart Analysis

January 2008 - fedgazette

The Wal-Mart effect: Poison or antidote for local communities?

The debate over Wal-Mart is a heated one. How can you tell whether the world’s largest retailer is good or bad for your community?
Terry J. Fitzgerald, Ronald A. Wirtz
January 2008 - fedgazette

The research literature on Wal-Mart: Some frowns, some smiley faces

Hoping for some easy answers to the Wal-Mart effect? Better shop elsewhere.
Ronald A. Wirtz
January 2008 - fedgazette

Wal-Mart in the Ninth District: Who, when and how

fedgazette Wal-Mart study methodology.
Ronald A. Wirtz
January 2008 - fedgazette

Fed brochure offers credit-boosting tips

November 2007 - Community Dividend

Have you noticed changes recently in consumer spending, and what is your outlook for the holiday season?

District Voices
November 2007 - fedgazette

Franchising like rabbits

We see them, we patronize them, we don't know much about them: Franchises in the Ninth District.
Ronald A. Wirtz
September 2007 - fedgazette

Franchisors R Us

Every state is home base to some franchisors, but Minnesota leads the district pack.
Ronald A. Wirtz
September 2007 - fedgazette

How has business at your water park this summer compared with recent years?

District Voices
September 2007 - fedgazette

Ninth District Franchise Growth by State

Franchise growth in Ninth District states.
September 2007 - fedgazette

Remember, it is an addiction

South Dakota State Roundup
May 2007 - fedgazette

How have sales of winter recreation items been so far, and what are your expectations for the season?

District Voices
January 2007 - fedgazette

Making tourists pay

Montana State Roundup
September 2006 - fedgazette

Smorgasbord of state ballot initiatives

South Dakota State Roundup
September 2006 - fedgazette

Who needs downtowns, anyway?

Were historic business districts worth saving? City leaders thought so.
Phil Davies
September 2006 - fedgazette

Has a stronger Canadian dollar affected Canadian visits to your business or community?

District Voices
July 2006 - fedgazette

The Interchange Fee Debate: Issues and Economics

Merchants are seeking relief from rising credit card fees, but the economics are complex and near-term resolution seems unlikely.
James M. Lyon
June 2006 - The Region

The wealth (and poverty) of Indian nations

Small businesses and tribal colleges offer fresh hope in Indian Country. They also face great hurdles.
Douglas Clement
March 2006 - fedgazette

Thomas J. Holmes on Wal-Mart's location strategy

Holmes describes Wal-Mart's location strategy and possible implications for the Ninth District.
David Fettig
March 2006 - fedgazette

Cash, check or third party?

Prescription benefit plans are squeezing retail pharmacies.
Ronald A. Wirtz
January 2006 - fedgazette

Smoke? You betcha

Minnesota State Roundup
January 2006 - fedgazette

Yeah, we got that

Minnesota State Roundup
January 2006 - fedgazette

Burned by online cigarette taxes

Wisconsin State Roundup
November 2005 - fedgazette

District mid-cap stocks lower year-to-date

Colin Hartman, Rob Grunewald
September 2005 - fedgazette

How have employee discount prices offered by auto makers affected vehicle sales?

District Voices
September 2005 - fedgazette

Who's afraid of big boxes?

Montana State Roundup
May 2005 - fedgazette

RV nirvana

Montana State Roundup
January 2005 - fedgazette

Unconventional wisdom

District convention centers weathered the recession, but the outlook is cloudy.
Colbey Sullivan
January 2005 - fedgazette

What are your expectations of consumer spending on big-ticket winter equipment, and how have early-season sales been?

District Voices
January 2005 - fedgazette

Big-box tax special

Montana State Roundup
September 2004 - fedgazette

Retail price hikes expected

Toby Madden, Rob Grunewald
September 2004 - fedgazette

Dialing up call centers

A slumping industry shows signs of life
Frank Jossi
May 2004 - fedgazette

Taking the plunge

Water parks are springing up throughout the district, but how much buoyancy does this tourism niche have?
Joe Mahon
May 2004 - fedgazette

What change, if any, are you seeing in short-term business as a result of the recent discovery of mad cow, or BSE, in the United States? And, what long-term effects (positive or negative) do you expect as a result of the discovery?

District Voices
March 2004 - fedgazette

What's your opinion of the recently approved drug benefit program in Medicare? What effect is it likely to have on your business?

District Voices
January 2004 - fedgazette

The taxing issue of e-commerce

District states are in the middle of the debate on Internet sales taxes
Frank Jossi
November 2003 - fedgazette

Has your summer tourism season lived up to expectations? How does it compare so far with last year?

District Voices
September 2003 - fedgazette

Shares of Gambling Expenditure, 2000

Chart: Ninth District Gambling Expenditure, 2000
March 2003 - fedgazette

Shopping online for lucky 7s

Ronald A. Wirtz
March 2003 - fedgazette

What are your auto sales expectations for 2003? What effect, if any, have zero percent financing and other incentives had on those expectations?

District Voices
March 2003 - fedgazette

Checking out?

Hotels in smaller communities have weathered the downturn better than big-city siblings
Jane Brissett
September 2002 - fedgazette

District tourism focuses on new attractions

From cowboys to history buffs, Ninth District states are putting their best packages forward to lure adventure seekers
Rosie Cataldo
May 2002 - fedgazette

What are your expectations for the coming tourism season?

District Voices
May 2001 - fedgazette

How have increased gas prices affected your business in the past year, and have they influenced your plans for the coming year?

District Voices
January 2001 - fedgazette

Cruise industry recharts once-popular destinations

Rosie Cataldo
October 2000 - fedgazette

Expanding tourism just the ticket in Ninth District

Peter Phillips
October 2000 - fedgazette

Credit card buyers, look before you leap to new card

Before deciding to accept preapproved credit card offers, consumers should research and compare the features of the agreements they're offered.
Lisa DeClark
July 1999 - Community Dividend

E-commerce: For some businesses, the only way to go

Toby Madden
April 1999 - fedgazette

How much should pork prices drop?

Edward Lotterman
January 1999 - fedgazette

Mixed-use development: Through the lenders' looking glass

Mixed-use developments were the norm in American towns and cities in the early part of this century. Now they are making a comeback, raising issues for lenders.
Nicole Bennett
December 1998 - Community Dividend

What does "mixed-use development" mean?

The term "mixed-use development" holds a variety of meanings and can be applied to a wide range of community development projects.
December 1998 - Community Dividend

Trade job growth slows

April 1998 - fedgazette

District scores high in wildlife recreation

January 1998 - fedgazette

Former Eau Claire tire plant brings back jobs

Wisconsin State Roundup
October 1997 - fedgazette

Self-Styled Expert Travels the Country to Prepare Towns for Wal-Mart Invasions

David Fettig
September 1992 - The Region

Substance Before Style

Changes in Retailing Affect Malls and Main Street from Minneapolis to Missoula
Josephine Marcotty
September 1992 - The Region

Missouri River is the lifeblood of the northern Great Plains

David Fettig
April 1992 - fedgazette

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