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February auto sales down versus ’05

Sales of new and used vehicles were down 10 percent in February compared with a year ago, but jumped nearly 10 percent from January, the Rochester Automobile Dealers’ Association Inc. reported.

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Rochester economy regressed in January

The Rochester-area economy shrank in January, with an increase in the unemployment rate, and decreases in the number employed and the number of non-farm jobs. The unemployment rate rose to 5 percent in January from 4.6 percent in December, but ...

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Rochester economy regressed in January

The Rochester-area economy shrank in January, with an increase in the unemployment rate and decreases in the number of employed and the number of non-farm jobs.

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N.Y. workers more optimistic

Optimism among New York workers was up in January, a Harris Interactive Inc. report for Spherion Corp. shows. The New York Employment Report showed confidence increased two-tenths of a point to 54.3 in January and was up 2.8 points from ...

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Business conditions slip in February

General business conditions in the Rochester area fell slightly in February, a monthly survey by the National Association of Purchasing Management-Rochester Inc. shows. Some 13 percent of businesses reported better conditions last month, down from 26 percent in January. Seventy-four ...

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Monro Muffler to buy ProCare

Monro Muffler Brake Inc. plans to purchase ProCare Automotive Service Solutions LLC out of Chapter 11 bankruptcy for $14 million. ProCare filed for bankruptcy protection yesterday. Monro also will provide ProCare with a $3.65 million financing facility, the local company ...

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Monro Muffler to buy ProCare

Monro Muffler Brake Inc. plans to purchase ProCare Automotive Service Solutions LLC out of Chapter 11 bankruptcy for $14 million. ProCare filed for bankruptcy protection yesterday. A privately owned automotive maintenance and repair retailer, ProCare operates 82 locations.

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Business conditions slip in February

General business conditions in the Rochester area slightly in February. Some 13 percent of businesses reported better conditions, down from 26 percent in January. Seventy-four percent reported no change, up from 63 percent in January.

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N.Y. workers more optimistic

Optimism among New York workers was up in January, a Harris Interactive Inc. report for Spherion Corp. shows. The report showed confidence increased two-tenths of a point to 54.3 in January and was up 2.8 points from January 2005.

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Competitive fire is a key for this car dealer

John Gabriele always thought he wanted to be a stuffed shirt, working his way up the corporate ladder, with nights and weekends off. Instead, he opted to start his career in car sales at an out-of-the way dealership in Avon, ...

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Q4: Matthew Fronk, chief engineer, Fuel Cell Activities Group, General Motors Corp

Q: Department of Energy secretary Samuel Bodman visited General Motors Thursday to promote President George Bush’s advanced energy initiative and the Energy Department’s hydrogen program. How will the local GM facility benefit from the visit and the energy initiative? A: ...

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Upstate consumer confidence rebounds

Confidence among upstate consumers rebounded in February, the latest Consumer Confidence survey by the Siena Research Institute shows. Overall consumer confidence—which includes current and future confidence—rose 7.7 points last month to 78.7 among upstate residents, and was up from 72.9 ...

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Upstate consumer confidence rebounds

Confidence among upstate consumers rebounded in February. Overall consumer confidence—which includes current and future confidence—rose 7.7 points last month to 78.7 among upstate residents, and was up from 72.9 a year ago.

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Help-wanted ads decrease here

Rochester’s help-wanted advertising index fell three points in January, the Conference Board Inc. reported. The index fell to 17 last month from 20 in December, but remained unchanged from January 2005. The index in Syracuse increased in January to 79 ...

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Help-wanted ads decrease here

Rochester’s help-wanted advertising index fell three points in January, the Conference Board Inc. reported. The index fell to 17 last month from 20 in December, but remained unchanged from January 2005.

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