JTR wrote: »
The rise in fuel prices is not helping.
Cost of doing business gets higher while rates stay the same.
This crap has gotta end!
charlie tuna wrote: »
We have had a positive increase on housing starts , following the increase in house sales.
plumbbob wrote: »
I haven't seen any change here in Tall. The high cost of fuel will cripple any progress.
Like JTR said, one week on, one week off.
hooknreds wrote: »
Where would this be?
brotherinlaw wrote: »
Albany continues to dwindle away. Lost over 800 residential customers in the last 5 years on the West side of Slappey. I can only guess that the East side is probably worse. Losing mom n pop business monthly as they go out of business
charlie tuna wrote: »
This would be Columbia County -- the "Gateway To Florida". Consider how many people have retired over the last ten years that this housing mess has been hanging over the real estate market. With the slightest positive change of allowing people to sell their northern homes, Florida will be "swamped" with housing starts. I have a neighbor who in the site work business, and he has all his trucks back on the road.
Sopchoppy Redneck wrote: »
Today we lose another mom n pop store. Lou's Bait and Tackle will shutter it's doors at 9 tonight :mad It started out as Hodge's store, my Uncle Carlton bought it in the early 70s and it became Evans Bait and Tackle. My dad helped run the store and around 75 or so, we took out the clothing sectoin, built a walkin cooler and expanded the rear of the store "LB Allen, LC Porter and myself doing most of the work". Carlton sold it to the Barton's some time in the 90s "I think" and it has been Lou's since then, never closed "except for vacation" in all those years. That just leaves the Express Lane and the small IGA in Sopchoppy "with the Express Lane being the only gas station":banghead It's still tuff out there folks!!
Nat-Light wrote: »
It seems the cost of living is going up and wages are not. A direct consequence of the economic downturn has been a lowering of the standard of living of the American worker. In order for us to recover, we will have to see a dramatic shift in unemployment coupled with increased wages. I think a large number of companies have learned to operate with a leaner and meaner work force which probably means some better margins/profitability. It will be interesting to see how corporate America responds. I know a number of folks that were approaching retirement before this whole thing hit. Many got the triple whammy of watching their investments going down the tube, losing their jobs, and having to use retirement savings to make ends meet at a time when they were at or near the pinnacle of their earning capacity. We now have a large number of seniors that are going to most likely have to stay in the workforce until their dying breath. Another consequence of the recession has been a tendency by those who have lost employment to seek some manner of higher education or training. While a highly educated work force is desirable, the financial benefits of higher education wane as higher education/training becomes the norm. Their was a time when a high school degree was ones ticket to play in the big game- Now we are approaching an arena where, in some cases, a college degree is not enough. I'd suspect that we have a number of people who have acquired a considerable amount of debt through student loans, and are not going to be pleasantly surprised when they have to start paying them back. Heck, some the best performing stocks have been "education" stocks. I don't think we will see a major upstart in the housing market until credit loosens up for buyers. A major challenge for the housing/banking industry is going to be how to get consumers with foreclosures, bankruptcy, late payments etc. back into the housing market. If the big banks, Fannie and Freddie- don't provide the funds, I'd suspect we will see another burgeoning of the "sub-prime" mortgage market. I don't think the attitude has changed, our economic model is based on consumerism and debt. The boom-bust cycle is becoming less intermittent, so I'm just wondering what is going to be the next bubble to pop. We are slaves to the banks.
tapate wrote: »
but what about the BEER?
charlie tuna wrote: »
All the U.S. car manufacturers are facing not enough stock to supply consumer demands. The last recession - 1992 had a fast recovery -so fast, that most of us were not effected. As many posted, businesses and private sector programs are operating with very lean budgets after cutting all the fat out of their operations. Those businesses that have already seen a turn around, are benifiting big profits by their lean run efficiencies. Most large city commercial properties have been very busy for nearly two years. As in 1993, when consumer confidence kicks in, the economy will bounce back quickly. It's sad to see many of the small "mom and pop" stores folding up, the better ones will return with the economy.
Grocery (beer) prices will rise with fuel costs and sad to say, they probably will not go down with fuel costs?? What can you expect from big oil????