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Home improvement stores report profits

Feb 27, 2012
Warmer weather helped boost sales for outdoors and spring planning. But what does it say about the U.S. housing picture?
Posted In: home improvement, Home Depot, Lowe's, Housing

Why are we outraged over high gas prices?

Feb 27, 2012
Behavioral economist Sendhil Mullainathan puts into perspective why we shouldn't be too angry over rising gas prices.
Posted In: gas prices, gas, behavioral economics, spending

Housing market gets good news

Feb 27, 2012
Home sales jumped 8% last month. Those numbers and better than expected quarterly sales in home improvement supplies could mean some long-awaited relief for the housing market.
Posted In: Housing, home sales, real estate, construction

Pain at the pump

Feb 24, 2012
Washington bureau chief John Dimsdale discusses how rising gas prices are hurting consumers, enough to get the president's attention.
Posted In: gas prices, family budget, President Obama

PODCAST: A last look from Michigan

Feb 24, 2012
Michael Jordan plays defense against a Chinese sportswear company. Romney's doing his best to sway voters to pick him in next week's primary, playing up his Michigan roots and pushing hard for a law that would get rid of mandatory-union-membership in union shops. And host Jeremy Hobson wraps up a week in Michigan by taking a closer look at two places in Detroit with the same name, but very different stories.

The 'gargantuannaire' on a gargantuan problem

Feb 24, 2012
In Rome this week, Microsoft founder Bill Gates said the current system of delivering food aid to starving people is “outdated and inefficient.”
Posted In: bill gates, genetically modified food, Gargantuannaire

A few final voices from Michigan

Feb 24, 2012
As Jeremy Hobson wraps up his week in Michigan, we hear from a few last Michiganders on their forecasts for the U.S. economy.
Posted In: Michigan, election

As gas prices rise, Obama to speak on energy future

Feb 23, 2012
Rising prices at the gas pump could threaten the economic recovery and pose an election year problem for Obama. What can he do?
Posted In: gas prices, Barack Obama

West Michigan sees surge in manufacturing

Feb 23, 2012
Manufacturers are thriving all over west Michigan. Many companies can't even find enough skilled workers to hire.
Posted In: Michigan, manufacturing, Auto

The view of the auto industry, then and now

Feb 23, 2012
The auto industry bailout continues to be a point of controversy among the general population of America, but the view of carmakers has made a bit of a comeback in the last few years.
Posted In: Michigan, Auto, bailout, Gallup