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The Journal Gazette

Tuesday, November 29, 2016 10:00 pm

Parkview opens new clinic today

Staff, news services

Parkview Physicians Group will open a new primary care clinic today off St. Joe Center Road between Reed and Maplecrest roads.

The 14,171-square-foot build­ing includes 18 examination rooms, two procedure rooms and two rooms where patients can meet with providers using real-time interactive video technology, a practice referred to as telemedicine.

The clinic, 5693 YMCA Park Drive West, includes lab and X-ray services.

At the clinic’s groundbreaking in May, Parkview officials said the $5.25 million investment was being made to keep up with patient demand. Parkview officials are exploring ways to design buildings and procedures to be more patient-friendly. That includes assigning nurses to sit with patients to make sure they understand the physician’s instructions before they leave.

Strong start to holiday spending

Shoppers put in a strong showing on Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday.

First Data said holiday spending rose 9 percent Thursday and Friday combined, compared with last year.

First Data said e-commerce sales rose 10.8 percent, while sales at physical stores grew 8.6 percent. The firm analyzed online and in-store payments across different forms of payment cards from nearly 1 million merchants from Thanksgiving and Friday. Its data captures about 40 percent of all card transactions in the U.S. but excludes cash.

Home prices back to pre-recession level

U.S. home prices have fully recovered from their steep plunge during the housing bust and Great Recession, according to a private measure.

The Standard & Poor’s CoreLogic Case-Shiller national home price index released Tuesday is slightly above the peak it set in July 2006, after rising 5.5 percent in September from a year earlier.

Still, prices have not fully recovered in many cities and other gauges show that home prices remain below their peaks.

Aussie regulator sides with Apple

Apple scored a victory in the global battle to control the future of mobile payment technology after the Australian competition regulator refused to grant a group of local banks permission to negotiate collectively over the introduction of Apple Pay.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission said on Tuesday in a draft ruling it was "not satisfied" that the likely benefits from allowing the banks to negotiate with Apple as a bloc outweighed the negatives.

Australian banks had been seeking to strengthen their negotiating position in talks with Apple amid concerns that it the widespread use of contactless payment cards in Australia will allow the U.S. company to quickly grab a large share of the mobile payments market.

Confidence level highest since 2007

U.S. consumer confidence rebounded this month to the highest level in more than nine years.

The Conference Board said Tuesday that its consumer confidence index registered 107.1 in November, up from 100.8 last month and highest since July 2007.

Americans’ assessment of current economic conditions was also the sunniest since July 2007. Their expectations for the next six months were the most optimistic since June 2015.