economic recovery http://wfae.org en Family Dollar Profits Drop As Core Customer Struggles http://wfae.org/post/family-dollar-profits-drop-core-customer-struggles <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Matthews-based discount chain Family Dollar started to report record profits about 5 years ago when the country was in a recession.</span></p><p>And now as the economy is recovering, the company seems to be having a bit of trouble holding on to customers it gained during the leaner times.&nbsp;</p><p>But Family Dollar's recent decrease in profits is a little more complicated than that.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In a conference call this month, Family Dollar CEO Howard Levine told investors an economic recovery is underway:</span></p> Tue, 21 Jan 2014 14:13:15 +0000 Tasnim Shamma 43243 at http://wfae.org Family Dollar Profits Drop As Core Customer Struggles Small Towns Left Behind In N.C. Recovery http://wfae.org/post/small-towns-left-behind-nc-recovery <p>Almost all North Carolina counties have a lower unemployment rate than they did a year ago. But the latest job numbers show that the state’s economic recovery is much more concentrated than that.</p><p>Here’s a simple theory to explain job growth: do you live near an interstate?</p><p>"Most of the improvements in the state’s unemployment rate are coming along the I-40 and the I-85, I-95 corridors," said Allan Freyer, an analyst for the N.C. Budget and Tax Center.</p><p>Freyer said big cities off the interstates are the only places really recovering in North Carolina.&nbsp;</p> Sat, 25 Aug 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Michael Tomsic 3766 at http://wfae.org Small Towns Left Behind In N.C. Recovery