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November 8, 2012 | By Hugo Martin
The travel industry, on a rebound from the economic downturn of a few years ago, should continue to thrive under a second term of President Obama. That was the message sent Wednesday by the U.S. Travel Assn., the nation's largest trade group for the travel industry. Although the Washington group does not make political endorsements, it has voiced support for Obama's policies in the last few years and said it expects the administration to continue to support the industry. "We can expect President Obama and his administration to vigorously defend the travel-policy accomplishments he achieved in his first term," Roger Dow, president of the trade group, said in a statement.
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April 20, 2014 | By Marc Lifsher
The job : Bill Dombrowski is president of the California Retailers Assn., a trade group based in Sacramento that includes most of the country's largest store chains, including 7-Eleven Inc., Safeway Inc., Macy's Inc., Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and Home Depot Inc. For the last 20 years, he's crafted political and legislative strategies for the association, whose members generate more than $570 billion in annual sales and employ nearly 2.8 million people....
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BUSINESS
September 23, 2013 | By Hugo Martin
The world's airlines have been enjoying a surge in demand in recent years, leading to growing profits. But the profits for 2013 won't grow as fast as previously expected because of an oil price spike and disappointing growth in emerging markets, according to an estimate by the International Air Transport Assn., the trade group for the world's airlines. The group had previously projected $12.7 billion in airline profits around the globe but adjusted that estimate down to $11.7 billion for the year.
BUSINESS
March 30, 2014 | By Hugo Martín
If you're against letting airline passengers talk on cellphones, you've gained a powerful ally. The Global Business Travel Assn., a trade group for the world's business travelers, submitted its opposition last week to a plan by the Federal Communications Commission to lift a ban on voice calls on planes. The group, which represents about 6,000 travel managers, called onboard calls "detrimental to business travelers. " The association even quoted folk singer Pete Seeger, who borrowed heavily from the book of Ecclesiastes when he wrote "there is a time to keep silence and a time to speak.
BUSINESS
July 8, 2013 | By Andrew Khouri
Most of the nation's metropolitan housing markets can be classified as improving, according to a trade group, pointing to a broad-based housing recovery. The National Assn. of Home Builders said Monday that 255 metro housing markets are improving, a pullback from 263 in June, but the sixth consecutive month that at least 70% of metros tracked by the association earned the improving label. Southern California's housing recovery: An interactive map The association lists a market as improving when it shows increases in housing permits, employment and home prices for at least six months running.  The home builder group dropped 14 markets from its list in July and added six.  “The relative stability of the [index]
BUSINESS
March 18, 2013 | By E. Scott Reckard
Current builder confidence in the market for new homes fell this month, according to a survey by the National Assn. of Home Builders, which said demand was not the problem. The NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index, released Monday, blamed a limited supply of ready-to-build-lots, rising materials and labor costs, along with the tougher credit and appraisal standards that prevail in the aftermath of the financial crisis. Quiz: How much do you know about mortgages? The survey touched on builders' frustrations at a time when Americans are feeling more confident about the economy and housing.  "Many of our members are reporting increased demand for new homes in their markets,” said NAHB Chairman Rick Judson, a home builder from Charlotte, N.C. Despite the current dissatisfaction, the longer-term picture is improving, the group said.
BUSINESS
March 26, 2014 | By Tim Logan
How do you know when an industry is getting serious? When it forms a trade group. And that's what the burgeoning business of big-money-backed single family rental homes did today. A handful of the single-family rental giants that scooped up at least 130,000 homes in Southern California and elsewhere over the last two years launched the National Rental Home Council  on Wednesday, a Washington, D.C.-based operation that will "educate" and "advocate" about the "professionally-managed single-family rental industry.
BUSINESS
January 16, 2014 | By Tiffany Hsu
Challenges such as high food and labor costs and a shaky economy may be looming, but the National Restaurant Assn. says it's confident the industry has just kicked off its fifth straight year of sales growth. Eateries will pull in more than $683.4 billion in revenue in 2014, according to the trade group's projections Thursday. That's a 3.6% nominal increase and a 1.2% real boost year over year. The top five states for sales growth are Arizona, North Dakota, Texas, Florida and Colorado, according to the association.
NATIONAL
December 23, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
It was a snake that reportedly led to the ban on humans in the Garden of Eden. Now a reptile trade group wants to overturn a national ban on importing four giant snakes or transporting them across state lines. The United States Assn. of Reptile Keepers has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of the Interior seeking to overturn the ban on Burmese pythons, yellow anacondas and northern and southern African pythons. The suit calls the ban “injurious.” “This is a powerful day for the Reptile Nation, as we fight to protect your rights to pursue your passion and defend your businesses against unwarranted and unnecessary government intrusion," the group said in a post on its website.
BUSINESS
October 2, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu
Holiday sales this season will be resoundingly so-so, buoyed by promising economic signs while being stifled by the stalemate in Washington, according to the retail industry's top trade group. Sales in November and December, which include the shopping Super Bowls of Black Friday and Christmas, will tick up 3.9% to $602.1 billion in the U.S., according to the National Retail Federation's forecast. Last year, sales rose 3.5%. The average increase over the past decade is 3.3%. The holiday season accounts for as much of 40% of individual retailers' annual revenue and about 20% of the total industry's haul, according to the NRF. “While neither robust nor pessimistic, this is a realistic forecast of the industry's expectations,” NRF Chief Executive Matthew Shay said in a statement.
BUSINESS
March 26, 2014 | By Tim Logan
How do you know when an industry is getting serious? When it forms a trade group. And that's what the burgeoning business of big-money-backed single family rental homes did today. A handful of the single-family rental giants that scooped up at least 130,000 homes in Southern California and elsewhere over the last two years launched the National Rental Home Council  on Wednesday, a Washington, D.C.-based operation that will "educate" and "advocate" about the "professionally-managed single-family rental industry.
BUSINESS
January 29, 2014 | By Jim Puzzanghera
WASHINGTON -- Business groups gave mixed reviews to President Obama's State of the Union address. They praised him for urging Congress to pass legislation overhauling the corporate tax code, making it easier to strike trade deals and reforming the immigration system. But some groups said they were disappointed there wasn't a greater emphasis on reducing federal regulations they say are burdening American companies. And one of the centerpieces of Obama's speech, his push for a higher minimum wage, is not universally popular among businesses.
BUSINESS
January 16, 2014 | By Tiffany Hsu
Challenges such as high food and labor costs and a shaky economy may be looming, but the National Restaurant Assn. says it's confident the industry has just kicked off its fifth straight year of sales growth. Eateries will pull in more than $683.4 billion in revenue in 2014, according to the trade group's projections Thursday. That's a 3.6% nominal increase and a 1.2% real boost year over year. The top five states for sales growth are Arizona, North Dakota, Texas, Florida and Colorado, according to the association.
NATIONAL
December 23, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
It was a snake that reportedly led to the ban on humans in the Garden of Eden. Now a reptile trade group wants to overturn a national ban on importing four giant snakes or transporting them across state lines. The United States Assn. of Reptile Keepers has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of the Interior seeking to overturn the ban on Burmese pythons, yellow anacondas and northern and southern African pythons. The suit calls the ban “injurious.” “This is a powerful day for the Reptile Nation, as we fight to protect your rights to pursue your passion and defend your businesses against unwarranted and unnecessary government intrusion," the group said in a post on its website.
BUSINESS
December 16, 2013 | By Hugo Martin
The nation's largest airlines recorded a combined net profit of $3.2 billion in the July-through-September period, more than double the profits from the same period last year, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation. And the industry's profits are expected to continue to grow, according to a trade group for the world's airlines, which predicted record profits in 2014. The rising profit margins are attributed to steadily growing demand and stable fuel prices, which now represent nearly a third of the industry's operating costs, according to industry experts.
BUSINESS
December 4, 2013 | By Jim Puzzanghera
WASHINGTON -- Chief executives of some of the nation's largest companies are more optimistic about the economy than they were three months ago and expect to increase spending and hiring over the next half-year, according to survey results released Wednesday by a leading trade group. The CEO Economic Outlook Index, compiled by the Business Roundtable, increased to 84.5 in the fourth quarter from 79.1 in the previous quarter. It was the highest level since the second quarter of 2012.
BUSINESS
October 14, 2012 | By Hugo Martin
After a dramatic slump during the economic recession, spending on business travel in the U.S. began to climb in 2010 and 2011. But business travel spending is slowing down, perhaps a sign of anxiety in corporate America over the still shaky economy, turmoil in Europe and slower growth in China, according to a report by the Global Business Travel Assn., the trade group for the world's travel managers. “Corporations are in a wait-and-see mode and holding back on investment decisions that would help boost the economy,” said Michael McCormick, the executive director of the group.
BUSINESS
May 17, 2013 | By Hugo Martín, Los Angeles Times
Airports will be crowded this summer and empty airline seats rare as Americans take to the skies in numbers that are expected to edge closer to the pre-recession peak. Nearly 209 million people will fly on U.S.-based airlines this summer, up 1% from a year earlier, according to an estimate released Thursday by Airlines for America, the trade group for the nation's airlines. That would mark the fourth year in a row that passenger totals have increased, climbing close to the pre-recession total of 210 million in 2008.
BUSINESS
November 20, 2013 | By Hugo Martín
If air travel demand continues at its current pace, many of the nation's biggest airports - including Los Angeles International Airport - will face holiday-like congestion once or twice a week within the next decade. That is the warning issued in a new study from the U.S. Travel Assn., the trade group for the nation's travel industry. The group says the nation's airports need funds to expand and modernize to alleviate airport congestion and growing passenger frustration. "The gap between the busiest travel day of the year - the Wednesday before Thanksgiving - and the average day in the rest of the year is closing fast," said Roger Dow, chief executive of the U.S. Travel Assn.
BUSINESS
November 3, 2013 | By Hugo Martin
The airline industry has been packing more passengers into smaller seats over the last few years and now one of the world's largest jet manufacturers is calling for an end to the crush. Airline seats with less legroom and thinner seat back cushions have been part of a growing trend in an industry trying to fit more passengers per cabin and increase profits. The squeeze has prompted an outcry from fliers, particularly tall and ample-sized travelers. Now, French-based Airbus is calling on the industry to adopt a comfortable standard, at least for the seat width.
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