Weekly 5: Bill to roll back E15 introduced in Senate

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February 19, 2013
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The BI Weekly 5 is a collection of tips, news and data affecting the boating industry this week. Be sure to look for the BI Weekly 5 every Tuesday on BoatingIndustry.com.

1. Bill to roll back E15 introduced in Senate

Republican senators Roger Wicker of Mississippi and David Vitters of Louisiana have introduced a bill that would prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency from issuing waivers for any gasoline blend of more than 10 percent ethanol.

That would effectively overturn the EPA’s approval of 15 percent ethanol blend gasoline (known as E15).

2. High unemployment not permanent, Fed says

The Boating Industry team was in Miami last week for the Miami International Boat Show.

In case you missed it, here are some of the highlights of our coverage:

Positive outlook highlights GE Industry Leadership Conference

Sea Ray launches “Next Wave” innovation initiative

Ten companies honored for innovation at 2013 Miami International Boat Show

YachtWorld announces 2012 YachtWorld Heroes

Teleflex Marine announces name change to SeaStar Solutions

3. Home prices surge, foreclosures drop

More positive news for the housing market – one of the key drivers of consumer confidence and GDP.

FNC reported this week that home prices were up 5.4 percent year-over-year in December. More importantly, foreclosures continue to be a smaller percentage of sales – 17.8 percent in December, down from 24 percent in 2011 – and those foreclosures are selling at smaller discounts than they were, bringing them more in line with historic rates.

4. Consumer sentiment improves in February

After two months of declines, the Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan consumer sentiment index increased to 76.3, up from 73.8 in January.

That number, though, is still lower than the levels reached late last year.

5. From social networks to in-person networks

One of the biggest challenges of social media is taking the networks you build there and making them work for you in the real world. Networking guru Mike Bruny offers 8 tips on building powerful in-person networks from your social contacts.

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