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March 7, 2006








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Regulatory Report Hotelex Shanghai, April 4-7, 2006

KANSAS MULLS DUMPING EQUIPMENT TAX
Soon you might get a property-tax break—if you buy new equipment....
[full story]

CAMERAS MAY BE ON MENU FOR CHICAGO RESTAURANTS
Chicago lawmakers think everyone needs a security camera. What next? Airbags on kiddie chairs?....[full story]

MAINE BUSINESSES GET GRIPE FORUM
Leave it to no-nonsense New Englanders to make legislators meet face-to-face with the business owners they're regulating....[full story]

NANTUCKET THE LATEST TO CONSIDER BANNING CHAINS
With a chain store leading the charge, Nantucket is considering banning chains. Well, other chains, anyway....[full story]

Economic Report FER's Customer Choice Dealer Awards

NRA PERFORMANCE INDEX, CAPITAL EXPENDITURES RISE
Apparently people celebrated a mild January by eating out....[full story]

EARLY RETAIL SALES SOFT IN FEBRUARY;
CONSUMER CONFIDENCE EDGY

The weather gods giveth; the weather gods taketh away....[full story]

CONSUMERS FRET INTEREST RATES, JOB PROSPECTS
Higher interest rates, rising prices and job losses are taking a toll in the University of Michigan Surveys of Consumers....[full story]

BLUE CHIP INTERNATIONAL FORECASTS TREND HIGHER
The strong appear to be getting stronger. Forecasts for many of the world? s big economies have been revised upward....[full story]

Industry Report Server Products

CONSULTANTS' SUMMIT SLATED FOR APRIL
If you're a consultant, you'll have a unique opportunity to build your knowledge and your reputation at an exclusive gathering this April in Las Vegas....[full story]

INDUSTRY MOURNS FISHER MFG. CO. CHAIRMAN
Ray Fisher, Sr., who built Fisher Mfg. Co. into a respected national brand for plumbing components and fixtures, passed away Feb. 9....[full story]

TECHNICAL CENTER FOR EXCELLENCE CLOSER TO LAUNCH
A web-based portal for training equipment technicians is closer to reality, but it still needs additional sponsors....[full story]

MAFSI, FCSI, CFESA Debut Startup & Demo Packet
No more Keystone Cops routines at the job site....[full story]

SINGAPORE SHOW COMING SOON
Time to book passage to Singapore for FHA2006, a.k.a. Food&HotelAsia....[full story]




FER Fortnightly, published biweekly by Gill Ashton Publishing
(publishers of Foodservice Equipment Reports),
covers key regulatory, economic and general foodservice industry news with a special emphasis
on issues impacting the equipment and supplies industry.
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This issue's content compiled and written by Robin Ashton, publisher; Jennifer Hicks, executive editor;
Janice Cha, senior editor; and Mike Sherer, contributing editor. This issue edited by Jennifer Hicks.

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