Sharp to Close European Operations; Licenses Brand to UMC of Slovakia

3,000 Sharp European Employees to be Cut Sharp Corp. said late last week that it has reached an agreement with Universal Media Corp. of Slovakia to license its brand and market Sharp branded products in Europe. As part of this … Continue reading

Builders Group Holds Mid-Year Construction Forecast Meeting; Economists Cautiously Optimistic

The Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc., (ABC) a builders trade association, held their third annual Mid-Year Construction Forecast presentation this week…inviting economists from three industry-related associations to present their outlook on the construction industry. This year, the invited economists included … Continue reading

Sharp Ends Production of Solar Panels at Tennessee Factory – 300 to Lose Their Jobs

Sharp Corporation announced that it has decided to end production of solar panels at its factory in Memphis, Tennessee, the Nikkei reported today. As a result, 300 jobs will be eliminated at the facility. See more on this unexpected announcement … Continue reading

Startling Jump in November Housing Starts; Are Happy Days Here Again?

Newly released data from the Commerce Department shows that housing starts took what many are characterizing as a startling jump in November – rising 23% overall above the October rate and almost 30% above the November 2012 rate. Analysts are … Continue reading

Praying at CEA’s Church of Data Dominion

CE Week kicked off last week with a Research Summit where the Consumer Electronics Association’s (CEA) market research experts presented the latest market data, along with their assessment of its meaning – and their prognostications for the future. In past … Continue reading

Existing-Home Sales Hit Highest Level in Almost 3-1/2 Years

In a new report from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) that further reinforces the rebound in the housing market, sales of existing homes for the month of April rose to their highest level in the almost 3½ years since … Continue reading

Are You Using These Best ‘Tough Economy’ Marketing Practices of Top-Performing SMBs?

How are top-performing small-to-medium sized businesses (SMBs) adjusting their marketing for the current sluggish economic climate? Act-On Software, a marketing automation software company, commissioned Forrester Consulting to find out by probing hundreds of SMBs in an effort to learn more … Continue reading

Residential Construction Rebound Getting More Convincing Based on December Data

The U.S. Census Bureau released residential construction data for the month of December and the results provide further – and perhaps more convincing – proof that the housing market is showing consistent signs of improvement. Some analysts even call this … Continue reading

Contrary to Other Housing Data, New Home Sales Decline in October

In a somewhat surprising reversal of fortune for the housing market, new data from the U.S. Department of Commerce shows that sales of new single family homes actually declined in October to a seasonally adjusted annual rate (SAAR) of 368,000 … Continue reading