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Business News

Northwest equipment maker Nautilus saw sales increase 19% in Q4 as profits jumped 13%. CEO Bruce Cazenave says the company expects good growth in 2014 as they continue to expand their product lines. (Business Wire)

Home price growth slowed in the second half of the year, not a bad thing, but still logged a 13.4% increase in 2014 nationally according to the S&P/Case-Schiller Home Price Index.

Oregon barge and railcar maker Greenbrier is moving dozens of senior level positions and 150 manufacturing jobs from Oregon to the Midwest and South. While the company says they will not be moving their headquarters they were critical of crime in Portland and the State’s anti-business attitude and tax policy. (Portland Business Journal)

Target says its fourth quarter profits fell by 46% to $520 million.  Canadian operations losses made up the lion’s share of the company’s profit reductions.  Most Canadian stores were rolled out last year.  Impacts of the Christmas security breach were not apparent in the numbers. (Market Watch)

The amount of US farmland and farmers continues to shrink.  Over 72-million acres of farmland have been lost to other uses since 1982 according to the US Department of Agriculture. The average age of a farmer has steadily increased since 1982 and now sits at 58 years.


Traffic & Weather

  • Chains or Traction Tires required on the mountain passes and Highway 97 South of Bend.
  • Traffic signals at US 97 and Pinebrook Blvd. turned off permanently.
  • Lane closure on Boyd Acres Road at Ross Road; 7am - 4:30pm through December 10
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