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The Numbers: Jobs, Mortgages, and Consumer Confidence

Jean Teller |

CHICAGO — Early September brought a new proposal—the Americans Jobs Act...

Survey: Three Out of Four Perform All or Most of Basic Maintenance Tasks

Bruce Beggs |

CHICAGO — Performing their own plant maintenance is nothing new for the...

StatShot: July Sales Droop in Most of Country

Bruce Beggs |

CHICAGO – Only one of the four regions managed sales gains in July...

Survey: Plenty of Stressors for Drycleaners; Many Involve Employees

Bruce Beggs |

CHICAGO — There are plenty of things that cause a drycleaner’s blood...

StatShot: Three of Four Regions See Sales Boosts in June

Bruce Beggs |

CHICAGO – While three of the four regions reported June sales increases...

Survey: Many Drycleaners Favor Shorter Clean Show, Scheduling Over Weekend

Bruce Beggs |

CHICAGO — Many drycleaners who attended the Clean Show last month favor...

StatShot: All Regions Post Gains for First Time This Year

Bruce Beggs |

CHICAGO – Sales for May grew in all four regions, the first time there...

StatShot: Sales Gain Steam in Northeast, South

Ian P. Murphy |

CHICAGO — Sales grew in two regions last month, this month’s StatShot...

Survey: Coupon Strategies Vary among Drycleaners

Ian P. Murphy |

CHICAGO — Most drycleaners (84.0%) issue coupons as part of their...

StatShot: South Shows Steady Sales Growth, Nation Flat

Ian P. Murphy |

CHICAGO — Sales grew 3.3% in the South last month from March 2010...

Recovery Slow to Reach Drycleaners, Survey Says

Ian P. Murphy |

CHICAGO — Although economic indicators say that the U.S. economy is...

StatShot: Snow Buries February Sales, Prices Inch Up

Ian P. Murphy |

CHICAGO — Sales fell alongside the snow in February, according to this...

Most Operators Plan to Attend Clean ’11

Ian P. Murphy |

CHICAGO — More than half (53.6%) of the operators surveyed in this month...

StatShot: Weather Hurts January Sales; Year-End Shows Promise

Ian P. Murphy |

CHICAGO — Record snowfalls impacted already slow sales last month across...

Survey: Drycleaners to Spend on Equipment Upgrades

Ian P. Murphy |

CHICAGO — With the Clean Show coming up and the economy showing signs of...

StatShot: Sales Surge in Northeast; Other Regions Mixed

Ian P. Murphy |

CHICAGO — Sales surged in the Northeast in December and the fourth...

Drycleaners Optimistic About New Year’s Resolutions

Ian P. Murphy |

CHICAGO — Asked about their goals for the New Year, more than one-third...

StatShot: Sales Grow in Three Regions, Marketing Costs Vary

Ian P. Murphy |

CHICAGO — Sales grew in three regions of the United States in November...

Drycleaners Feeling Upbeat for The Holidays

Ian P. Murphy |

CHICAGO — More drycleaners are saying “‘Tis the season!” instead of “Bah...

Survey: Sales Grow in Northeast; Utility Costs Mixed

Ian P. Murphy |

CHICAGO — Sales fell in three regions of the U.S. last month, according...

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