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Meeting and convention business was so strong in the Providence/Warwick area in the second half of 2015 that it pushed up demand for rooms for the individual traveler, in turn driving up room rates. more
The U.S. Small Business Administration has reopened the filing period for survivors in all states, including Rhode Island, affected by Superstorm Sandy to apply for low-interest disaster loans. more
Gasoline prices in Rhode Island and Massachusetts declined again this week, falling 4 cents and 3 cents, respectively, according to AAA Northeast. more
Rhode Island’s economy continued to expand at a slow, but steady, rate in the second quarter, according to the Rhode Island Current Economic Indicator briefing released Wednesday by the Center for Global and Regional Economic Studies and the Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council. more
Hotel, meal and beverage tax collections increased year over year in July, the state Department of Revenue said Wednesday. more
The R.I. Department of Revenue said fiscal 2015 total general revenue exceeded final enacted fiscal 2015 revenue estimates by $23.9 million, or 0.7 percent. more
Rhode Island, as of August, has recovered 73.1 percent of the 39,800 jobs lost during its recession, according to the state Department of Labor and Training. more
Massachusetts home sales continue to pick up momentum, with pending sales in August jumping 42 percent from the same period last year, according to the Massachusetts Association of Realtors. more
Rhode Island received a D+ in the 2015 State Integrity Investigation, which, surprisingly, was the fifth-best score in the nation. more
Cash collections totaled $617.9 million during the first two months of the fiscal year, a 5.3 percent increase over the same year-ago period, the state Department of Revenue said Thursday. more
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