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N.Y. consumers warier than rest of U.S.

Overall consumer confidence in New York—including both current and future confidence—hit an 18-month low in April, a Siena College survey states. New York’s overall confidence fell 2 points last month to 77.3, according to the latest Consumer Confidence survey by ...

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Making a big dent in the auto-repair market

In high school Jeffrey DiFulvio loved tinkering with cars. His skill in body work took him from fixing up beaters in his father’s garage to owning a six-location collision repair business with more than 100 employees. DiFulvio, founder and CEO ...

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N.Y. consumers warier than rest of U.S.

Overall consumer confidence in New York—including both current and future confidence—hit an 18-month low in April, a new Siena College survey shows.

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Thruway toll increases approved

The New York State Thruway Authority on Monday approved a $2.6 billion capital plan that will increase tolls to motorists beginning May 15. The plan includes a 25 percent increase for passenger vehicles and a 35 percent increase for most ...

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Thruway toll increases approved

The New York State Thruway Authority on Monday approved a $2.6 billion capital plan that will increase tolls to motorists beginning May 15.

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NY predicted to drop from top three

Within six years, Florida is expected to nudge New York out of the top three most populous states, the U.S. Census Bureau reported today. As of July 1, 2004, New York was home to 19.2 million residents, while Florida’s population ...

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Region’s jobless rate falls to 5.3 percent in March

The unemployment rate in the Rochester area fell to 5.3 percent in March from 5.7 percent in February and 6.5 percent a year ago. The state’s jobless rate, after seasonal adjustment, was 4.6 percent in March, down from 5.1 percent ...

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Region’s jobless rate falls to 5.3 percent in March

The unemployment rate in the Rochester area fell to 5.3 percent in March from 5.7 percent in February and 6.5 percent a year ago. The number of jobs in the area also decreased.

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NY predicted to drop from top three

Within six years, Florida is expected to nudge New York out of the top three most populous states, the U.S. Census Bureau reported today.

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Her business makes others’ simpler

Colleen Wightman thrives doing the things many people do not have the time or patience for. As founder of Professional Errand Runners and Concierge Service, Wightman puts together gift baskets and arrangements, sends holiday greeting cards, shops and sets up ...

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Stats provide snapshot of the area’s key players

The Rochester area boasts a number of powerful individuals-those who wield clout by virtue of the jobs they do, the people they know or the community organizations they are affiliated with. On average, Rochester’s Power Players are 61-year-old males whose ...

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Vehicle sales pick up pace in March

New-vehicle sales climbed more than 60 percent in March compared with February and nearly 5 percent from a year ago, the Rochester Automobile Dealers’ Association Inc. reported. Used-car sales also were up in March: nearly 23 percent higher than in ...

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Vehicle sales pick up pace in March

New-vehicle sales climbed more than 60 percent in March compared with February and nearly 5 percent from a year ago, the Rochester Automobile Dealers’ Association Inc. reported.

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Solid financial plans and goals requisites for retiring early

When people think of early retirement, they often attribute it to layoffs or company reorganizations. But that does not have to be the case. With a solid financial plan, some people are finding it possible to exit their careers-because they ...

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Monro predicts Q4 sales in line with expectations

Monro Muffler Brake Inc. today reported its fourth-quarter comparable store sales will reflect increases of 4 percent to 5 percent, in line with its previous expectations of 3 percent to 5 percent. Monro expects 2005 diluted earnings per share to ...

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