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"We are up 4.1 percent over last year's number through end of October. That's comparable sales for store open at least 12 months." He said the all important Christmas shopping season also was looking stronger than a year ago.
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"All these things are outside the control of our clients," said Bob Kill, president of Enterprise Minnesota, a trade organization of manufacturers.
Haberman said the start of this year looks more promising, but he'll wait to see.
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"What we carry, people aren't willing to give it up. If they're golfers, or hunters or bikers, they don't give up their sport because things are down in the economy. They might cut back some, but they do what they like to do."
Kill, of the manufacturing association, said their polling of manufacturers around the state last year wasn't upbeat. "The enthusiasm was off the chart in 2011 but tempered a bit (in 2012). The maybe undeserved optimism of a year and a half ago is clearly tempered."If manufacturers are wary and conservative, shoppers are not.
Scheels has been in its anchor location since 2006. The privately held Fargo based chain has 25 stores with its largest in Reno, Nevada.
"The same party fighting is going on. It's kind of paralyzed business investments."V Tek, with just more than 60 employees, makes packaging and equipment tied to the circuit board industry.
Scheel said selling things tied to people's hobbies and passions helps.
A check with business leaders in various endeavors in the region shows a generally good year in 2012 with retail sales strong, housing prices and sales climbing steadily, vehicle sales up and agribusiness very strong.
The "fiscal cliff" worries in December, the unknowns about the cost and regulatory impacts of health care reform, debt crisis in Europe and a slowing Asian economy all commingle to make manufacturers and their customers sit tight.
Part of V Tek's business was hurt because they do subcontracting work for companies with government contracts. "I think that because of the government domestic situation, that work virtually came to a standstill, so that was huge," he said.
"We've seen a nice uptick for 2013 with some new products and services. We have some nice orders pending. But as we've learned, we don't take them to the bank until they're accompanied by a down payment check."
Larry Haberman, president of Mankato based V Tek, said that while the elections may have been decided, it didn't settle a core problem for businesses.
"It's been a good year," said Brandon Scheel, manager of Scheels All Sports at River Hills Mall.
But in the higher paying manufacturing sector, a worrisome slowdown began settling in the last half of the year, and domestic and international uncertainties are keeping manufacturers nervous.
were experiencing a softening in business as their customers took a more cautious approach toward the end of last year.
"Our entire year has been slower than last year," Haberman said of 2012. "We had a very, very nice year (in 2011) and this year has been a bit of a disappointment."
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"And with the problems with the Euro, Greece, Spain all those things affected our European business. So business was down substantially. Our domestic business was up significantly but not enough to offset it."
Going through the various categories of sales at the mall, Wilke ticked off increases in all categories:
Brandon Scheel is among the fifth generation of Scheelses in the company that was founded in 1902. His father is the CEO of the company and his brother president.
"Clothing is doing real well, guns and ammunition and fishing are doing very well."
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