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Calverley appointed to contractors’ board

LANSING — Gov. Rick Snyder has announced the appointment of Kenneth Calverley of Goodrich to the Residential Builders’ and Maintenance and Alteration Contractors’ Board.

Created in 1980, the nine-member board assists the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs with licensing and regulating the construction, alteration or improvement of residential structures.

“I thank Kenneth for his service on this board and I look forward to his contributions to improving residential structures for Michiganders,” Snyder said.

Calverley is the president of K.C. Masonry & Concrete Impressions, a business he has been managing for 30 years, and is the president and host of “The Inside Outside Guys” radio talk show. He holds a maintenance and alterations contractor license specializing in concrete and masonry. He will represent maintenance and alteration contractors and replace Jeff Agnew.

Calverley will serve a four-year term expiring March 31, 2021. His appointment is subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.

Michigan retail sales up, bucking national trend

LANSING – Michigan retailers are on a roll, with June marking the fourth straight month of positive year-over-year sales, according to the Michigan Retail Index, a joint project of Michigan Retailers Association (MRA) and the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.

More than half of retailers posted year-overyear sales increases in June and 60 percent expect the sales activity to continue increasing for the next three months.

That may be partly due to an expected backto school boon. Total spending for school and college combined is projected to reach $83.6 billion, more than a 10 percent increase from last year’s $75.8 billion, says the National Retail Federation.

“Our index has been an upbeat story this year,” said MRA President and CEO James P. Hallan. “With Michigan boasting unemployment below the national rate and leading the Great Lakes states in job creation, we’re hoping the positive trend continues.”

June unemployment fell to 3.8 percent in Michigan — below the national rate of 4.4 percent.

The Michigan Retail Index survey for June found 58 percent of the state’s retailers increased sales over the same month last year, while 24 percent recorded declines and 18 percent reported no change. The results create a seasonally adjusted performance index of 60.1, down from 66.5 in May.

Looking forward, 60 percent of Michigan retailers expect sales during July-September to increase over the same period last year, while 18 percent project a decrease and 22 percent no change. That puts the seasonally adjusted outlook index at 67.0, down from 71.8 in May but well above the 50 level.

Michigan is bucking the national trend. U.S. retail sales unexpectedly decreased for the second consecutive month in June, according to a report released by the Commerce Department on July 14.


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