Tuesday, October 1, 2013


Daily Biz Briefs

Today’s Top Headlines:
Wash. ‘Open Enrollment’ back online
Unemployment offices to stay open
Ford reports continued strong Sept. sales
Holiday shopping: just around corner
Forecast: modest holiday shopping gains
Gov’t. shutdown might spoil holidays
From BE: Women business leaders

Wash. ‘Open Enrollment’ back online

Technical difficulties delayed the inaugural open enrollment for health care plans on Washington Healthplanfinder’s website Tuesday morning. Enrollment was to begin at 7:30 a.m., but, by 8:45 a.m., the site was taken offline to address consumer complaints about slow loading times. Web-access returned mid-afternoon. [Read more]

Unemployment offices to stay open

Business Examiner - Join us for Women of Influence Oct. 2 at 5:30 p.m.The Employment Security Department and local WorkSource centers are supported primarily with federal funds, but plan to keep all offices and functions operating into next week (Oct. 7) despite and federal closures. [Read more]

Ford reports strong Sept. sales

Ford Seattle region combined car and truck sales were up 13 percent in September versus the same period one year ago. Total retail car sales were up 7 percent in September and total retail truck sales were up 15 percent. [Read more]

Holiday shopping: just around corner

A recent survey found that 49 percent of marketers will launch a holiday campaign before Halloween. The most popular time to launch campaigns overall is the first 15 days of November. [Read more]

Forecast: modest holiday shopping gains

International Council of Shopping Centers is forecasting a 3.4 percent sales increase, slightly stronger than last year, for the traditional November-December holiday period. [Read more]

Gov’t. shutdown might spoil holidays

The federal government shutdown that went into effect today could have dire consequences for the economy at large, according to national personnel consultant John A. Challenger. [Read more]

From BE: Women business leaders

With BE’s Women of Influence just one day away, the current Business Examiner issue contains in-depth articles about: Women needed in construction; An all-women workplace; and a bank exec observing 40 years of marriage. [Read more]

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