Data

Local Home Sales Increase After Hurricane Slowdown

Sales of single-family homes in Sarasota and Manatee counties were up in October after September declines caused by Hurricane Irma's landfall.

11/22/2017 By Staff

Data

Number of Visitors, Economic Impact of Tourists Both Up

More than 1.2 million visitors stayed overnight in a paid lodging in Sarasota County during Visit Sarasota County's most recent fiscal year.

11/21/2017 By Staff

Real estate

Florida Home Sales Up Again After Hurricane Slump

Sales of single-family homes in Florida totaled 20,543 last month, up 2 percent when compared to October 2016.

11/21/2017 By Staff

Data

Three Americans Now Have More Wealth Than Bottom Half of the Country

Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos and Warren Buffett together now have more wealth than 160 million Americans, or 63 million households.

11/21/2017 By Staff

Data

Students Say Area Has Job Opportunities, But Few Plan to Stay

Sixty-nine percent of high school students say the area has enough job opportunities, but only 16.7 percent say they plan to stay, according to a new survey.

11/20/2017 By Staff

Tourism

Tourist Development Tax Collections Hit New High

The Sarasota County tax collector's office collected almost $21.3 million in Tourist Development Tax money during its most recent fiscal year.

11/17/2017 By Staff

Retail

69 Percent of Americans Plan to Shop This Weekend

That portion includes shoppers who plan to spend on Cyber Monday.

11/17/2017 By Staff

Tourism

World Rowing Championships Generated $18.7 Million in Local Economic Impact

Organizers had predicted that the event would generate $25 million in economic impact for the region.

11/16/2017 By Staff

Data

Florida Still No. 1 State for Foreign Real Estate Buyers

A new report finds that 22 percent of all foreign buyers who recently bought residential property in the United States purchased property in Florida.

11/15/2017 By Staff

Data

Local, Regional and National Economic Forecast to Be Discussed in January

The 2018 Economic Forecast Breakfast features economist Hank Fishkind.

11/14/2017 By Staff

Data

Jobs Number Rebounds After Hurricane Losses

After losing 33,000 jobs in September, the American economy added 261,000 jobs during the month of October.

11/03/2017 By Staff

Data

Consumer Confidence Rating Hits Highest Point in Almost 17 Years

Americans' consumer confidence increased between September and October, according to The Conference Board's Consumer Confidence Index.

10/31/2017 By Staff

Retail

Halloween Spending Expected to Total $9.1 Billion

That number would mark an 8.3 percent increase over last year's spending.

10/30/2017 By Staff

Data

Americans Plan to Spend an Average of $967 During Holidays

That's according to new survey results published by the National Retail Federation on Friday.

10/27/2017 By Staff

Data

Gender Wage Gap to Be Discussed Friday

State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota is hosting a panel discussion focused on the wage gap between men and women.

10/27/2017 By Staff

Data

Sarasota Region the Nation's 14th Happiest in New Ranking

National Geographic recently ranked the North Port, Sarasota and Bradenton area as the 14th happiest region in the country.

10/24/2017 By Staff

Data

Real Estate Sales Down in September Due to Hurricane Irma

Real estate sales in Sarasota and Manatee counties were down 16.8 percent in September when compared to September 2016.

10/23/2017 By Staff

Data

Number of Florida Jobs Declines, But So Does Unemployment Rate

The unemployment rate in both Sarasota and Manatee counties dropped between August and September.

10/20/2017 By Staff

Agriculture

Florida Citrus Industry Hit Hard By Hurricane Irma

A survey of growers conducted after Irma put total fruit loss at more than 50 percent.

10/13/2017 By Staff

Data

Retail Trade Group Expects Bump in Holiday Spending

The National Retail Federation expects an increase in holiday retail sales of between 3.6 and 4 percent from last year's numbers.

10/11/2017 By Staff