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Demand for homes exceeds supply in Clark County

May 16, 2016, 4:57pm Business

Homebuyer demand in Clark County continues to outstrip supply, pushing up the median price of homes sold in April by 15.4 percent from one year ago. Read story

Analyst’s view of economy generally positive

May 12, 2016, 5:44pm Business

A top economic analyst offered a generally positive short-term picture of both U.S. and global economies Thursday as part of a two-day regional economic conference at the Hilton Vancouver Washington. Read story

Couve Cycle gets rolling in Vancouver

May 12, 2016, 6:05am Business

Couve Cycle is off and rolling on the streets of downtown Vancouver, and owner Michael Palensky is learning as he goes about how to build his pedal-powered venture into a popular attraction for locals and visitors. Read story

Vancouver vet files suit over 2010 foreclosure

May 11, 2016, 6:01am Business

A U.S. Marine Corps veteran who faced foreclosure on his Vancouver home while serving in Iraq has filed a lawsuit against the home’s lender, saying that the company violated a federal law that provides mortgage relief for active-duty military members. Read story

Home sizes keep getting bigger and biggervideo icon

May 8, 2016, 6:08am Business

A chart drawn from Census Bureau data seems almost wordlessly to tell a story about Americans’ desire for ever-larger homes. Read story

Strictly Business: Instafab standoff takes turn for worse

May 8, 2016, 6:06am Business

It’s not been easy watching the bitter standoff between Instafab, a long-established Vancouver steel fabricator and installer, and its embittered former employees. More than one year out from a walkout by the first five workers to declare a strike against the nonunion company, the feud is only turning uglier and more personal. Read story

As costs climb, local interest in ever-bigger homes coolingvideo icon

May 8, 2016, 6:06am Business

It’s no surprise that today’s homes in many ways are better than ever. Smart engineering and new technologies have improved most of the products we own, from automobiles to televisions to household tools and appliances. Homes are now more thoughtfully designed, make effective use of technology, and consume far less energy than homes built decades ago. Read story

State’s taxable retail sales up 8.4%

May 4, 2016, 4:44pm Business

Washington state reported $135 billion in taxable retail sales in 2015, an increase of 8.4 percent over calendar year 2014, the Department of Revenue said in its annual report on retail trade released Wednesday. Clark County reported just over $6 billion in taxable retail sales for the calendar year. Read story

Economic conference set at Hilton

May 2, 2016, 6:05am Business

The Hilton Vancouver Washington will play host to the Pacific Northwest Regional Economic Conference May 11-13, where a variety of state and provincial experts will give talks on dozens of issues affecting the U.S. and Canadian region. Read story

Clark County retail sales up 12.6 percent in Q4

April 27, 2016, 3:53pm Business

Clark County’s taxable retail sales grew by 12.6 percent in last year’s fourth quarter, rising to $1.6 billion for the high-spending October-to-December quarter. Read story