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Rhode Islanders plan to spend an average of $52 on Valentine’s Day gifts this year, and while the amount isn’t as high as Kansas, where the average spending is expected to hit $117, it’s higher than New Hampshire, where it’s anticipated to reach only $31. more
Retail sales increased for a third straight month in January as Americans kicked off 2016 by spending freely on cars, clothing and online merchandise. more
One percent meal and beverage tax collections, and 1 percent hotel tax collections, increased year over year in November and over the fiscal-year period, the state Department of Revenue said this week. more
Consumer sentiment declined in February to a four-month low as declining stock prices and weaker global conditions weighed on Americans’ views of the economy. more
The R.I. Emergency Management Agency said arctic air is expected to hit southern New England this weekend, and it is urging residents to prepare now for potentially record lows. more
The third-generation leader of one of Rhode Island’s manufacturing success stories is being honored for leadership and strategy in Providence Business News’ third Manufacturing Awards program. more
Rhode Island Housing has launched a down-payment assistance program targeting residential properties in 10 communities that have fallen into foreclosure or would otherwise be subject to a distressed sale. more
Elizabeth “Lil” Breul O’Rourke has been named president of the University of Rhode Island Foundation. more
HealthSource RI may not have chosen a new vendor to operate its call center at Royal Little Drive yet, but Optum is proceeding with plans to lay off the 60 employees who work there in April. more
The Warren Group said Rhode Island saw another big month for single-family home sales in December, with 852 sales, a 24.7 percent jump compared with 683 in December 2014. more
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