December 15, 1997 in Nation/World

Japanese Official To Discuss Foreign Trade At City Luncheon

Compiled By Business Staff
 

Consul-General of the Seattle Japan Consulate, Yoshio Nomoto, will speak on foreign trade and Japan at a luncheon in Spokane on Thursday.

On this visit, Nomoto hopes to raise awareness of what his consulate can offer regional businesses concerning information and connections with Japan.

The consul-general also will meet with the mayor, tour the city and attend a reception in his honor at the Spokane Club. His visit is sponsored in part by the Spokane Regional Trade Alliance and the Inland Northwest World Trade Council.

The luncheon is from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Mukogawa Fort Wright Institute in Spokane. Cost is $12 for members or guests of SRITA and INWTC, $14 for non-members. For reservations, call 509-459-4123.

Today

A lottery drawing will choose the lucky 500 fans who will get tickets to see Washington State University’s football team play in the Rose Bowl on Jan. 1.

Tuesday

The Washington State Department of Ecology holds a public hearing to discuss the protection and future uses of water on the Columbia River from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Stevens County Courthouse in Colville.

YMCA kicks off a fundraising campaign with a breakfast rally at 7:30 a.m. at the DoubleTree Hotel, 1100 N. Sullivan in the Valley.

A public hearing to discuss the future of McEuen Field is held at 7 p.m. in the Coeur D’Alene High School Auditorium. The fate of the field depends on redevelopment plans for the area.

Federal Reserve’s Open Market Committee meets.

Labor Department releases November consumer prices.

Commerce Department releases November housing starts.

Farm chemical supplier Cenex Supply and Marketing holds an open house in to discuss the cleanup of land it owns in Quincy. The meeting begins at 4 p.m. at the Quincy Community Center, 115 F Street. For information, call Christine Woffinden at 206-343-0250.

The Community Colleges of Spokane Board of Trustees holds a public meeting for comments on replacing chief executive Terrance Brown at 9:30 a.m. in the Lair Activities Conference Room of Spokane Community College.

Wednesday

Some of Washington state’s top elected leaders will attend the Spokane Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual legislative reception, 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Cavanaugh’s Inn at the Park. Call 459-4117.

The Spokane Transit Authority votes on the revised plans to change the bus routes.

Federal Reserve releases report on November industrial production.

Thursday

The Spokane Area Chamber of Commerce Small Business Council features Scott Rahn of Seafirst Bank and Debbie Hamilton of Northwestern Mutual Life, who will discuss retirement plans and small businesses. The meeting begins at 7 a.m. at SIRTI’s fourth floor board room.

Friday

Treasury Department releases budget statement for November.

, DataTimes ILLUSTRATION: Graphic: Lumber prices

MEMO: This sidebar appeared with the story:

ON THE SHELF

BusinessWeek, Dec. 15: in a special investigative report, says “chop” stocks - slang for the big difference between what brokerages and customers pay - “are a vast and growing industry.”

Forbes, Dec. 15: uses the case study of the Norwalk, Conn.-based HMO Oxford Health Plans to show why so many analysts “get it wrong.”

‘Tis the catalog season

Some facts about catalogs, as reported by the San Francisco Examiner:

Annual number mailed: 13 billion

Projected 1997 U.S. sales: $78.6 billion

Sales increase since 1992: 47 percent

Projected 2002 sales: $107 billion

Postage price increase since 1987: 73 percent

Industry trend: “Zero in on tighter and tighter niche markets.”

This sidebar appeared with the story: ON THE SHELF BusinessWeek, Dec. 15: in a special investigative report, says “chop” stocks - slang for the big difference between what brokerages and customers pay - “are a vast and growing industry.” Forbes, Dec. 15: uses the case study of the Norwalk, Conn.-based HMO Oxford Health Plans to show why so many analysts “get it wrong.”

‘Tis the catalog season Some facts about catalogs, as reported by the San Francisco Examiner: Annual number mailed: 13 billion Projected 1997 U.S. sales: $78.6 billion Sales increase since 1992: 47 percent Projected 2002 sales: $107 billion Postage price increase since 1987: 73 percent Industry trend: “Zero in on tighter and tighter niche markets.”

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