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Business conditions improve slightly in December

General business conditions in the Rochester area improved slightly in January, a monthly survey by the National Association of Purchasing Management-Rochester Inc. shows. Some 26 percent of businesses reported better conditions this month, up from 20 percent in December. Sixty-three ...

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Business conditions improve slightly in December

General business conditions in the Rochester area showed improvement in January, a monthly survey by the National Association of Purchasing Management-Rochester Inc. shows.

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Labor, taxes, energy are top concerns

State and local taxes and costs related to labor and energy are the top three factors in decision-making for businesses in the Finger Lakes region, a survey released Thursday shows. Nearly 62 percent of respondents here said the cost of ...

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Labor, taxes, energy are top concerns

State and local taxes and costs related to labor and energy are the top three factors in decision-making for businesses in the Finger Lakes region, a survey released Thursday shows.

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Small firms find business climate inhospitable

Bruce Hoogesteger pays $50,000 a year to have his environmental laboratory certified through a state accreditation agency. But if Paradigm Environmental Services Inc. was in Illinois or New Jersey it would cost him less than $10,000; in New Hampshire, less ...

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Upstate consumer confidence grows

Upstate consumers continued to show confidence in the economy in December, the latest Consumer Confidence survey by the Siena Research Institute shows. For the third consecutive month, the region’s overall consumer confidence—which includes both current and future confidence—increased in December. ...

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Upstate consumer confidence grows

Upstate consumers continued to show confidence in the economy in December, the latest Consumer Confidence survey by the Siena Research Institute shows. Confidence in upstate continues to trail both the state and nation, however.

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Jobless rate shrinks, but so does number at work

The unemployment rate in the Rochester area declined in December, but the number of employed and the number of jobs also shrank. The unemployment rate last month fell to 4.8 percent from 4.9 percent in November and 5.1 percent a ...

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Internet job ads again decline here

Online help-wanted advertising in the Rochester area continued its descent in December, the Conference Board Inc. reported. Online job ads in the area—comprising Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Orleans and Wayne counties—were down to 3,500 from 4,000 in November and 4,400 in ...

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Internet job ads again decline here

Online help-wanted advertising in the Rochester area continued its descent in December, the Conference Board Inc. reported. Only Detroit posted fewer job ads per 100 people in the work force.

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Monro logs best-ever sales, profits

Monro Muffler Brake Inc. on Tuesday reported record sales and profits, beating Street estimates. Third-quarter net income increased more than 15 percent to $4.1 million from $3.5 million in the third quarter 2004. Earnings per diluted share grew to 27 ...

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Monro logs best-ever sales, profits

Monro Muffler Brake Inc. on Tuesday reported record sales and profits in the third quarter, beating Street estimates.

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Auto sales fall 17 percent from December 2004

Sales of new and used vehicles plunged more than 17 percent in December compared with a year ago, the Rochester Automobile Dealers’ Association Inc. reported. Area dealers sold 3,608 new and used cars last month, compared with 4,356 a year ...

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