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Plenty of Cheer for Santa as Salary Reaches $152K

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Santa Claus has plenty to be jolly about as for the third straight year; he’s seen his salary increase, according to Insure.com’s annual Santa Index. Drawing from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Insure placed Saint Nick’s pay at $152,367 in 2018, an all-time high. His salary is up 1.96% from 2017, not […]

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Santa Claus has plenty to be jolly about as for the third straight year; he’s seen his salary increase, according to Insure.com’s annual Santa Index. Drawing from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Insure placed Saint Nick’s pay at $152,367 in 2018, an all-time high. His salary is...

Valley Car Sales Rise for Second Straight Month

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – For the second straight month, car dealers in the Mahoning Valley saw a year-over-year increase in sales, according to Greater Cleveland Automobile Dealers Association, as 4,459 vehicles were sold in November, a 3.1% gain. New-car sales in the area rose 3.9% to 2,475 delivered to customers in Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties, […]

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – For the second straight month, car dealers in the Mahoning Valley saw a year-over-year increase in sales, according to Greater Cleveland Automobile Dealers Association, as 4,459 vehicles were sold in November, a 3.1% gain. New-car sales in the area rose 3.9% to 2,475 delivered to customers in...

It Can Pay to Use Credit Cards During the Holidays

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Year-over-year, banks report use of credit cards is increasing, a trend likely to accelerate this holiday season when the number of transactions typically spikes as consumers use their cards to buy gifts. According to the 2018 Holiday Shopping Report from NerdWallet, 73% of shoppers plan to use a credit card to pay […]

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Year-over-year, banks report use of credit cards is increasing, a trend likely to accelerate this holiday season when the number of transactions typically spikes as consumers use their cards to buy gifts. According to the 2018 Holiday Shopping Report from NerdWallet, 73% of shoppers plan to use...

Banks Report Gains in 2018 and Look Ahead to 2019

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — With 2018 almost at its end, area banks report they’ve fared well this year and expect the momentum to carry over into the new year. “Cortland Bank and almost every bank in the industry this year has seen probably one of the best years in banking,” says James Gasior, president and CEO […]

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- With 2018 almost at its end, area banks report they’ve fared well this year and expect the momentum to carry over into the new year. “Cortland Bank and almost every bank in the industry this year has seen probably one of the best years in banking,” says...

October Home Sales on Par with 2017 Figures

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Home sales in the Mahoning Valley last month lagged behind October 2017’s figures, according to newly released data from the Youngstown Columbiana Association of Realtors and the Warren Area Board of Realtors. In October, 512 homes were sold in Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties, 12 units ahead of the total in September […]

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Home sales in the Mahoning Valley last month lagged behind October 2017’s figures, according to newly released data from the Youngstown Columbiana Association of Realtors and the Warren Area Board of Realtors. In October, 512 homes were sold in Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties, 12 units ahead...

CPAs Weigh Benefits, Costs of Tax Law

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — At 184 pages, the stack of proposed regulatory changes related to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, or TCJA, represents one of the biggest tax law changes that William Vennetti has seen in his 23 years as a certified public accountant. “It’s a game changer,” says the principal at Packer Thomas […]

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- At 184 pages, the stack of proposed regulatory changes related to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, or TCJA, represents one of the biggest tax law changes that William Vennetti has seen in his 23 years as a certified public accountant. “It’s a game changer,” says...

Protect Your Online Info this Cyber Monday

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Cyber Monday, the 24-hour online post-Thanksgiving shopping period during which consumers can snag exclusive deals and bargains, is one of the busiest days each year for online retail sales. In 2017, Cyber Monday was marked as the largest online retail sales day in U.S. history with $6.59 billion in online sales, […]

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Cyber Monday, the 24-hour online post-Thanksgiving shopping period during which consumers can snag exclusive deals and bargains, is one of the busiest days each year for online retail sales. In 2017, Cyber Monday was marked as the largest online retail sales day in U.S. history with...

First Niles Declares 5 Cents Cash Dividend

NILES, Ohio – Directors of First Niles Financial Inc. have declared a cash dividend of five cents per share on common stock and six cents per share on preferred class A stock for the fourth quarter. The dividend is payable Dec. 21 to shareholders of record Dec. 7, the bank holding company announced Monday. FNFI […]

NILES, Ohio – Directors of First Niles Financial Inc. have declared a cash dividend of five cents per share on common stock and six cents per share on preferred class A stock for the fourth quarter. The dividend is payable Dec. 21 to shareholders of record Dec. 7, the bank...

True Love’s 12 Christmas Gifts Rise 1.2% from 2017

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – True loves will need to have more money on hand to fill the stockings on the mantle this holiday shopping season, according to The PNC Christmas Price Index. To purchase the gifts included in the classic holiday song “The 12 Days of Christmas,” it will cost 1.2% more than it did in […]

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – True loves will need to have more money on hand to fill the stockings on the mantle this holiday shopping season, according to The PNC Christmas Price Index. To purchase the gifts included in the classic holiday song "The 12 Days of Christmas," it will cost 1.2%...