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Van Bortel Subaru leads nation in sales

Van Bortel Subaru has topped the nation in Subaru sales again, the company reported Thursday. The Victor dealership sold some 251 vehicles in December, the largest number of cars sold in one month in Subaru of America Inc.’s 37-year history. ...

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Van Bortel Subaru leads nation in sales

Van Bortel Subaru has topped the nation in Subaru sales again with some 251 vehicle sales in December. It is the largest number of cars sold in one month in Subaru of America Inc.’s 37-year history.

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Leaders mull ways to heat up business climate

Fixing a broken system is not as simple as slapping on a bandage and offering some soothing words. Yet that is what policymakers in New York are doing when it comes to the small-business climate here, some entrepreneurs and economic ...

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Online help ads increase in December

Rochester’s help-wanted advertising index showed improvement in December, the Conference Board Inc. reported. The index increased to 20 last month from 14 in November. It was unchanged from a year ago. The index in Syracuse also increased in December to ...

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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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