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PPI dips further, Labor report states

The Producer Price Index for Finished Goods, the price manufacturers pay for their raw materials, decreased 0.4 percent in September, seasonally adjusted, the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the U.S. Department of Labor reported today. This decline followed a 0.9 percent drop in August and a 1.2 percent increase in July.  

At the earlier stages of processing, prices received by producers of intermediate goods fell 1.2 percent after decreasing 1 percent a month earlier, and the decline in the crude goods index slowed to 7.9 percent in September from 11.9 percent in the preceding month. The slower rate of decline in finished goods prices was led by the index for energy goods, which decreased 2.9 percent after falling 4.6 percent in August. Price advances for finished goods grew to 0.4 percent from 0.2 percent a month earlier. Conversely, the rise in the index for finished consumer foods slowed to 0.2 percent in September, from 0.3 percent in the prior month. 

October 2008

COFFEE BREAK: matter of debate

The last scheduled debate between the presidential candidates between Barack Obama and John McCain is scheduled for this evening and will center on domestic issues. Much of that debate will involve plans to aid the economy.

The Business Examiner would like to know which plans you prefer and if the debates affected your position on any of the issues.

October 2008

Blog Watch: healthy hotels

The AWB's blog has a look at the national debate about health care with a bank of links to research that report on the issue, which is likely going to be brought up during tonight's presidential debate.

Thurston County businessman Ken Balsey gives his reasons for how he is voting in November.

October 2008

BJ's Restaurant opens in Tacoma Mall complex

BJ's Restaurants, Inc. has announced the opening of its latest restaurant. The new BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse in Tacoma is located at 4502 S. Steele St., Suite 1500 on the southeast corner of S. 48th Street and Tacoma Mall Boulevard. The restaurant is part of the new lifestyle wing expansion at the 1.2-million-square-foot Tacoma Mall. The new BJ's restaurant spans 9,000 square feet and contains seating for 280 guests.

October 2008

St. Clare opens radiology suite

St. Clare Hospital in Lakewood has expanded its services with the addition of a state-of-the-art Interventional radiology suite. Advanced technology in the IR suite aids physicians in providing enhanced diagnosis, treatment planning, and therapeutic intervention without major surgery.

Patients who are admitted to St. Clare Hospital benefit from the increased availability of these procedures because the need to transport patients to other facilities for these services has been eliminated.

October 2008
Tacoma Chamber Expo runs today

Tacoma Chamber Expo runs today

The 124th annual Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber meeting and breakfast brought 700 local business people together at the Greater Tacoma Trade and Convention Center to hear about the economy and what the future may hold for the local business community.


October 2008

SBA offers online export training

A new online course will help small businesses explore exporting opportunities in international markets. Global Enterprise: A Primer on Exporting is a free, self-paced course that provides practical guidance on exploring international markets.

The new course is available from the Small Business Administration training Web site

October 2008

Puyallup contractor charged with theft of taxes

A Puyallup contractor was charged today with stealing more than $13,000 in sales tax she collected from her customers.

Charges of first degree theft and filing false or fraudulent tax returns were filed in King County Superior Court against Coleen A. Escamilla of Auburn. Escamilla, who also is known as Colleen Gonzalez, is the former owner of C's Construction Labor Security and Cleaning.

October 2008

Boeing talks collapse

Boeing officials announced the second round of mediated talks with the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers have ended without a contract and that no new talks are scheduled.

October 2008

State tax collections continued slide in September

Tax collection numbers for the General Fund-State tax payments in the mid-September to mid-October collection period returned to the pattern of weakness seen in the July and August collection reports, the state Economic and Revenue Forecast Council reported today. Receipts for the month were $48.3 million, 4.8 percent, lower than expected, due mainly to a $43.5 million shortfall in Revenue Act receipts. All other revenue categories except for cigarette taxes also came in below their forecasts. 

October 2008
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