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Club Car meeting will be in Augusta


Club Car will hold its three-day global sales meeting in Augusta beginning Tuesday.

The meeting rotates to Augusta every few years to give more Augusta-based associates an opportunity to attend, company spokesman Bill Bryant said.

About 175 members of the electric vehicle company’s global sales and marketing staff will gather to review results from 2011 and go over plans for 2012, Bryant said.

Robert Zafari, the senior vice president and president for parent company Ingersoll Rand’s Industrial Technologies Sector, is scheduled to attend.

Augusta’s sales tax collections rise

Augusta’s sales tax collections for November were 2.4 percent higher than a year earlier, the city reported Wednesday.

According to Timothy Schroer, the deputy director of finance, Augusta collected $33.1 million, up from the $32.3 million collected in November 2010.

Officials also reported that the revenues were ahead of the budgeted amount by 2.1 percent.

“Our continued pace of sales tax collections exceeding both budgeted estimates as well as last year’s collections is undoubtedly a good sign for our local economy,” Mayor Deke Copenhaver said in a statement.

November report
on factories mixed

WASHINGTON — Orders for factory-made goods fell for a second consecutive month, part of a mixed report on manufacturing in November.

Overall factory orders rose 1.8 percent, the Commerce Department said Wednesday. The largest increase since July was chiefly because of a surge in airplane orders.

Demand for so-called core capital goods, such as computers and electronic equipment, declined 1.2 percent after a similar drop in October.

In other news

THE BOEING CO., for decades the brand that helped support Wichita’s claim as the aviation capital of the world, announced Wednesday it will shut down facilities in the Kansas city by the end of 2013.The closure will cost 2,160 jobs.

WITHIN DAYS of new European rules on carbon emissions produced by passenger jets, two major airlines say they will raise fares. Delta Air Lines Inc. began adding $6 per round trip to the price of tickets sold in the U.S. for travel to Europe. Deutsche Lufthansa AG said it also plans to raise prices..

A FLURRY of post-Christmas bargain shopping helped drive sales higher in the last week of December, according to a report Wednesday from a shopping mall trade group. Sales at stores open at least one year rose 5.3 percent during the week ended Saturday compared with the same period a year ago.

– From staff and wire reports