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Retail sales likely to decelerate after strong showing

Retail sales in Spokane are expected to slow in 2023 after strong showings the last couple of years which were buoyed by pandemic relief funds, says Patrick Jones, executive director of the Institute for Public Policy and Economic Analysis at Eastern ...


Idaho mining execs optimistic about the future

Inland Northwest mining industry representatives are optimistic about mining in the coming year and beyond. Coeur d’Alene-based Hecla Mining Co., which is the largest silver producer in the U.S., recently agreed to acquire all outstanding stock in ...


Tourism forecast is mixed for 2023

Spokane’s tourism and hospitality industry has thrived in an explosion of post-pandemic demand, but the market is expected to be quieter in 2023. Meg Winchester, president and CEO of Visit Spokane, says tourism here has been strong in every category ...

The Journal’s View: Lean into opportunity, even when times get tough

If you read the Journal’s Economic Outlook, it doesn’t sound like 2023 is going to include much in the way of glad tidings of comfort and joy. Forecasts in the late 2000s and early 2010s certainly were worse, but pre-pandemic prognostications were a ...

Guest Commentary: Economic uncertainty hasn’t stopped retail spending this year

The good news is, despite higher prices, inflation, and safety concerns, more Christmas shoppers are browsing online and making in-store purchases. The National Retail Federation reported this year an estimated 166.3 million people visited stores from ...


It’s blue bird beginnings to the ski season in the INW

A mix of cold temperatures and early snowfall has regional ski resort operators looking forward to a busy season. A La Niña winter forecast is raising expectations for colder and stormier than average conditions across the U.S. that also may help ...


Hi-Rel Laboratories helps with NASA’s Artemis launch

Spokane-based Hi-Rel Laboratories Inc., an electronic testing company, is one of 42 companies in Washington state working to support NASA’s Artemis program, says company President Trevor Devaney....


Planning for more planners: Whitworth to launch financial planning master’s program

Wealth managers are recruiting new financial advisers here and across the country to maintain service levels and replenish an aging workforce, industry representatives and educators say....


Spokane Symphony looks to orchestrate more profitable shows

The Spokane Symphony has developed a new model to guide booking decisions and forecast ticket sales at The Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox, in downtown Spokane....


Meet & Greet with Spokane Realtors’ Tiffany Claxton-Standley

Tiffany Claxton-Standley began her role as CEO of the Spokane Association of Realtors on Sept. 19, taking over for Rob Higgins, who retired from the association after having served as executive vice president for nearly 40 years....

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