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Retailers look for solid holiday sales growth, but not a boom year

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  A shaky economy and a short shopping season are keeping expectations down, and seasonal hiring is expected to match last year’s numbers      Will 2013 turn out out to be a not-so-merry Christmas for U.S. retailers, another solid but unspectacular shopping season like the past few years have …

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Bank expands in Inland Empire

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AmericanWest Bank has completed its purchase of eight Pacific Trust Bank offices in the Inland Empire. The transaction, which was announced Oct. 4, includes two offices in Riverside and one in Temecula, according to a report originally published in The Press-Enterprise. The sale was valued at $6.3 million. AmericanWest agreed …

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Airport passenger traffic continues to drop

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Advocates of local control of Ontario International Airport just got more ammunition for their cause: passenger numbers there dropped dramatically in August. The rate of passenger traffic dropped 14.6 percent compared with August 2012, a worse decline than board members of the Ontario International Airport Authority were told to expect …

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Brown signs minimum wage increase

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Gov. Brown has signed a bill that raises the state’s minimum wage. The legislation, which Brown signed Wednesday during a ceremony in downtown Los Angeles, will raise the current minimum wage of $8 an hour to $9 an hour as of July 1 of next year, according to a published …

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Water is a critical issue for Inland Empire

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Annual San Bernardino County Water Conference attracts a variety of officials, all of whom agree that water will be the premiere factor in determining future economic growth. Passing the state water bond next year would be a major boost. In November of next year, California voters will decide the fate …

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