Buying a pickup is affirmation that times are good - or at least getting better. If would-be truck owners are downshifting into cheaper cars, that's not a good sign for the economy, says The Washington Post.
Des Moines is No. 2 on the Forbes "Best Places For Business and Careers" list in 2014, falling a spot from No. 1 in 2013.
The NFIB said today its Small Business Optimism Index fell 1.6 points to 95 last month. The index, often seen as a leading indicator for the economy, had risen for three straight months through May to its highest level since September 2007.