ST. LOUIS — The quest for Lord Stanley's Cup isn't just providing a boost to civic pride.
“Area hospitality contacts report stronger than expected sales, citing strong interest in St. Louis Blues hockey,” the Fed said in its latest report on economic conditions here.
The report, a roundup of economic conditions, based on contacts at local companies, found an improved economy in St. Louis in general:
- Economic conditions “have slightly improved,” with small increases in employment and wages.
- Real estate remains “soft,” with adjusted home sales down a bit in April.
- Consumer spending improved, judging from seasonally adjusted taxable sales, with higher auto sales and the Blues effect.
“The overall outlook among contacts improved from three months ago and is slightly optimistic,” the Fed report said. “On net, 6 percent of contacts expect regional economic conditions during the remainder of 2019 to improve relative to the same period in 2018.”
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