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Economic Snapshot: Small business optimism, builder confidence at pre-recession highs

Small business optimism is above the 42-year average for the third time since 2007 and builder confidence is at its highest level in over 11 years. These bumps can both be attributed to post-election sentiments. NFIB Small Business Optimism Index Small business optimism improved 3.5 points to 98.4 in November, which is just above the 42-year average. This is the ...

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Weekly 5: U.S. Senate, House pass WRDA

The BI Weekly 5 is a collection of tips, news and data affecting the boating industry this week. Be sure to look for the BI Weekly 5 every week on BoatingIndustry.com. 1. U.S. Senate, House pass WRDA The U.S Senate passed the Water Resources Development Act over the weekend, clearing the way for 30 new infrastructure projects around the country ...

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Boating Industry names 2016 Top 100

Boating Industry announced the 2016 Top 100 dealers at a black tie gala December 8 in Orlando. “From the thousands of dealers in North America – and hundreds of nominations – these 100 dealers are the best of the best,” said Boating Industry Editor in Chief Jonathan Sweet. “These dealers excel not only at the business of selling boats, but ...

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Gevo partners with Musket Corp., brings isobutanol to the West

Isobutanol producer Gevo, Inc. recently signed a contract with Musket Corp. a national fuel distributor and logistics firm that is part of the Love’s Family of Companies, to have Musket Corp. blend Gevo’s isobutanol with gasoline for its marine and off-road customers. Musket Corp. will initially offer this fuel in Arizona, Nevada and Utah. Love’s has a strong presence in ...

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Economic Snapshot: Huge gains in consumer confidence, private sector employment

Both consumer confidence and private sector employment saw large increases this month. However, the manufacturing industry continues to be a weak point for private sector employment. Consumer confidence Consumer confidence, which had declined in October, jumped in November from 100.8 to 107.1. The Present Situation Index increased from 123.1 to 130.3 and the Expectations Index rose fro, 86.0 to 91.7. ...

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Weekly 5: EPA increases ethanol requirement for 2017

The BI Weekly 5 is a collection of tips, news and data affecting the boating industry this week. Be sure to look for the BI Weekly 5 every week on BoatingIndustry.com. 1. EPA increases ethanol requirement for 2017 The Environmental Protection Agency has increased the amount of renewable fuels that will be required in the nation's fuel supply in 2017, ...

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Bayliner celebrating 60th anniversary in 2017

Bayliner is recognizing 60 years of Bayliner boats heading into 2017. The roots of the Bayliner brand started when J. Erin Odson started Advance Outboard Marine in a Seattle parking lot in 1955. In 1957, he sold his first Bayliner boat. From the beginning, Bayliner has focused on affordability and quality, says current Bayliner Brand Manager Mike Yobe. "Look at ...

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Boat sales up in October, but growth slows

Boat sales have increased over the last 12 months, but the rate of growth slowed for the fourth month in a row in October, according to the latest Info-Link Bellwether report. According to Info-Link, the Bellwether report tracks sales of powerboats across the country based on new U.S. boat registrations on a rolling 12-month basis. Bellwether states are geographically dispersed ...

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METS 2016 wraps up with new attendance record

The 2016 edition of METS has seen record after record smashed, and that explosive pace continued through the final day as the show wrapped up Thursday afternoon in Amsterdam, Netherlands with a final attendance of 23,702 visits – an 8 percent increase over the previous record of 21,953 set last year. Wednesday’s attendance was announced at 9,844 visitors, a gain ...

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