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Retailers cheer signing of economic stimulus bill

National Retail Federation welcomed today's signing of economic stimulus legislation by President George Bush, and the group praised Congress and the administration for moving quickly on the issue.

February 2008

Consumers spending on essentials

January retail sales demonstrated that consumers last month were focused on buying necessities more than discretionary items. According to the National Retail Federation, retail industry sales for January -- which exclude automobiles, gas stations, and restaurants -- rose 2 percent above last year and 0.1 percent from December.

February 2008

BLOG WATCH: The mystery of math

Gov. Chris Gregoire has backed away from her previous pledge to keep more than $1 billion in the state's coffers, saying that a potential economic slowdown could require dipping into the reserve to save key programs.

February 2008

Belco to expand operations

Belco Forest Products will expand soon with 16 new jobs, bringing its total employment in Shelton to 61, announced Matt Matayoshi, executive director of Mason County Economic Development Council.

February 2008

ACORN, Countrywide partner

Washington members of the ACORN Housing Corp. announced an agreement with Countrywide Financial Corp. this afternoon that increases homeowner protections for subprime borrowers who have fallen behind on their mortgage payments.

February 2008

FISHBOWL: Financial planner helps retirees live their dreams

Matthew Jarvis began working with his father, Nathaniel Jarvis of Jarvis Financial Services, four years ago. A junior partner and co-owner of the company, Jarvis said it is unlike many financial planning firms that work only with the wealthy. His favorite people to work with are the "salt of the earth" middle-class.

February 2008

SBA sends valentine to small businesses

The Office of Advocacy of the U.S. Small Business Administration felt it proper to give Washington's small business community a Valentine's Day of sorts by pointing out the top 10 reasons to appreciate entrepreneurs in the state:

February 2008

Tax collections weakened in January

Tax payments made to the state were considerably weaker last month, according to a Revenue Collection Report released this week by the state Economic and Revenue Forecast Council. Collections between Jan. 11 and Feb. 10 were $1.25 billion, or 2.8 percent less than expected.

February 2008

Cardinal Glass to begin making solar panels

Those who attended the 25th-anniversary Lewis County Economic Development Council banquet last night had reason to celebrate: Cardinal Glass has announced it will soon be making solar panels.

February 2008

Boeing exec expresses confidence

Scott Carson, president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, told a Tacoma audience last night that "these are the 'good old days' that we will be looking back on. "And I look forward to tomorrow, so I can more enjoy them."

February 2008
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