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Joe Nathanson: Region’s original anchor — the Port of Baltimore

As we consider the regional economy, attention is rightly focused on the anchor institutions that play a growing role in providing employment and generating income: the area’s research universities and medical/ health sciences complexes. But it is also timely to give renewed attention to the region’s original economic anchor, our primary link to global commerce — the Port of Baltimore.

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Howard Street tunnel a chokepoint for East Coast commerce

Baltimore’s Howard Street tunnel is a chokepoint for commerce along the East Coast that’s getting more attention as the shipping industry prepares for mega-container ships that will have easier access to the Atlantic Ocean once the Panama Canal is widened. ...

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Rising retail sales point to slowly improving economy

WASHINGTON — Americans rebounded from a weak holiday season and stepped up spending on retail goods in January. The latest government report on retail sales pointed to a slowly improving economy. Retail sales rose at a seasonally adjusted 0.4 percent ...

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Retail sales inched up in December, ending record year

WASHINGTON — Retail sales barely rose in December, but the gain was enough to lift sales to a record level for 2011. It marked the largest annual increase in more than a decade. Sales inched up 0.1 percent in December ...

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Economy gets mixed batch of news ahead of holidays

WASHINGTON — At the start of the critical holiday shopping season, the economy received a dose of mixed news Wednesday. Consumers barely increased their spending in October, and businesses pulled back on investment in long-lasting manufactured goods. Still, Americans’ pay ...

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Economy grew at 2 percent rate in third quarter

WASHINGTON — The U.S. economy grew more slowly over the summer than the government had earlier estimated because businesses cut back more sharply on restocking of shelves. The Commerce Department said Tuesday that the economy expanded at an annual rate ...

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Wholesale companies cut inventories but sales rise

WASHINGTON — Wholesale businesses in the U.S. reduced their stockpiles in September for the first time in nearly two years, while their sales rose. Inventories at the wholesale level fell 0.1 percent, the Commerce Department said Wednesday. It was the ...

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