national retail federation http://michiganradio.org en Michigan retailers are not optimistic about the upcoming holiday shopping season http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-retailers-are-not-optimistic-about-upcoming-holiday-shopping-season <p>Michigan retailers are less optimistic about this year’s holiday shopping season.</p><p>A survey by the Michigan Retailers Association finds a little more than half of its members expect their sales will be better this year.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.retailers.com/mra/news/michigan-retail-index.html">Michigan Retailers Index</a> predicts about a 1.3% increase this year, that’s well below <a href="http://www.nrf.com/modules.php?name=News&amp;op=viewlive&amp;sp_id=1674">the national forecast.</a></p> Sat, 26 Oct 2013 16:56:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 15000 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan retailers are not optimistic about the upcoming holiday shopping season New law cracks down on Michigan shoplifters http://michiganradio.org/post/new-law-cracks-down-michigan-shoplifters <p>Police and prosecutors in Michigan have a new tool in their collective tool bag to help them punish shoplifters.</p><p>It's no small problem in this country. The National Retail Federation figures retailers lose upwards of $34 billion each year to retail theft or what's called "shrink." More than half of that is caused by sticky-fingered shoppers or dishonest employees, and the NRF figures that costs you up to $500 each year.</p><p>Now, shoplifters in Michigan face the prospect of prison time and fines.</p><p>Shoplifting has been moved up from a misdemeanor to a felony called "Organized retail crime" punishable by up to five years in prison or a fine of $5,000, or both.</p><p>Can we expect this new law to slow down shoplifters? And what about Michigan's already-overcrowded prisons?</p><p>Jeffrey Morenoff is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Michigan, and he joined us today to discuss the issue.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Wed, 25 Sep 2013 21:13:37 +0000 Stateside Staff 14582 at http://michiganradio.org New law cracks down on Michigan shoplifters Christmas sales strong for Michigan retailers http://michiganradio.org/post/christmas-sales-strong-michigan-retailers <p>It’s not Christmas yet, but Michigan retailers are in the holiday spirit.&nbsp;There are signs this will be the best holiday shopping season in Michigan in many years.&nbsp;</p><p>When the holiday shopping season was getting started a month ago, a survey showed a majority of Michigan retailers were optimistic that they would see increased sales compared to last Christmas. The <a href="http://www.retailers.com/mra/november-index.html">latest data</a> is backing up that optimism.</p> Wed, 22 Dec 2010 16:36:42 +0000 679 at http://michiganradio.org Christmas sales strong for Michigan retailers