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Crystal Edmonson

Contributing Reporter

Crystal Edmonson is the Broadcast Editor for the Atlanta Business Chronicle.  Crystal contributes local, in-depth stories about business and the economy to WABE 90.1 FM.

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For the first time ever, online shoppers say they buy more items via the internet than in a traditional store.

United Parcel Service (UPS) and analytics firm comScore, Inc. polled more than 5,000 online shoppers who make at least two web-based buys (excluding groceries) in a three-month period. The shoppers polled said they make 51 percent of their purchases online now. That’s up from 48 percent in 2015 and 47 percent in 2014.

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An Atlanta landmark is closing its doors for a short time in early 2016.

Green Street Properties has agreed to buy the one-and-a-half acres on North Highland Avenue that Manuel’s Tavern sits on according to a report by the Atlanta Business Chronicle. Manuel’s will still be owned and operated by the original owner Manuel Maloof’s family.

The latest survey from the staffing firm Manpower shows a positive employment outlook for the metro area.  More Atlanta based companies say they plan to hire than fire this summer.

Nineteen percent of local companies say they plan to hire this summer.  That's slightly less than the 22% a year ago.  The percentage of firms planning layoffs remains the same at 6%.  The biggest change is that nearly 75% of the firms polled say they'll maintain their staff levels.

Beth Herman is regional director for Manpower in Atlanta.

A $200 million technology and corporate business park could go up in Douglas County.  It could be a magnet for new companies and jobs.

The proposed Riverside at Sweetwater Creek development could attract 1,500 new jobs to the west Atlanta county.  According to this week's Atlanta Business Chronicle, the project could house corporate headquarters, research and development and data centers.

Two Georgia agencies are teaming up to boost the State's largest industry.  It could mean more business overseas. 

On a recent trade mission to Turkey, officials for the Department of Economic Development and the State's agriculture department, agreed to work together.  Officials say the partnership should help the State market Georgia's farm products more effectively and efficiently.