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Economic Growth
6:53 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

CenterState CEO Economic Forecast Optimistic

CenterState says to expect modest growth in manufacturing and exports
Credit Engineering.com

Central New York business leaders got an optimistic economic forecast Thursday at the CenterState CEO, but also found out that their own attitudes may be holding the area back.  The corporation hosted a breakfast at the OnCenter to release its economic forecast, which suggests better times for 2014.  An M&T Bank economist says business growth should be about 2.8%.  But CenterState President Rob Simpson says he hears the area is stagnant and flat.

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Holiday Sales
6:27 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

Is Holiday Shopping the Only Time You "Buy Local?"

Large chain retailers may have better luck leveraging mobile shopping applications
Credit Anne Bolt / WAER News

The holiday shopping season is now in full swing, but while it’s true a snowy winter wonderland can get consumers in the Christmas shopping spirit, New York State Retail Council Vice President Ted Potrikus cautions that the chilly weather can result in some frustrating situations for retailers: 

With Christmas now just a week away, procrastinating consumers are simply running out of time - and even the most treacherous weather around New York State isn’t stopping that final Christmas rush.  

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Local News
3:05 pm
Fri November 29, 2013

"Buying Local" in Syracuse for The Holidays?

Mars Jewelry in Eastwood is offering specials to reel-in holiday shoppers
Credit John Smith / WAER News

Not every holiday shopper wants to compete with everyone else for gifts during annual Black Friday sales at malls.  There are plenty of people who are experiencing a leisurely pace this weekend, walking from store to store at Armory Square in Downtown Syracuse.  The secret shoppers we spoke with are searching for those special gifts such as Greg (yes, a man who actually shops early) from the city.

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