The Week Ahead: Consumer credit report, music festivals and a weekend of hacking

Rock band Portugal. The Man performs at LouFest in 2014 at St. Louis' Forest Park. The fifth annual LouFest will take place Sept. 11-12, 2015. | Michael Stacy/Missouri Business Alert
Rock band Portugal. The Man performs at LouFest in 2014 at St. Louis’ Forest Park. The fifth annual LouFest will take place Sept. 11-12, 2015. | Michael Stacy/Missouri Business Alert

Here’s a look at some of the stories Missouri Business Alert is tracking this week:

Monday

Labor Day means a holiday for the markets and a day off work for many in the business world, but it’s the culmination of a busy few days of fairs and festivals across the state. In the Kansas City area, the Renaissance Festival, a popular event since 1977, wraps up its opening weekend. The festival full of food, music and jousting runs every weekend through Oct. 18.

Tuesday

The Federal Reserve Bank is expected to release its monthly report on consumer credit. The number has shown some life recently, Bloomberg reports, indicating that consumers are growing increasingly comfortable breaking out their credit cards.

Wednesday

The Labor Department releases its monthly Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey, or JOLTS report, for July. The report’s headline number, job openings, measures all positions that are open on the last business day of the month. Although the JOLTS report lags the Labor Department’s employment situation report by a week, it’s expected to provide additional information on the current state of the labor market.

Thursday

Information security conference ArchCON returns to St. Louis for a second year. Programming for the event spans four days, starting Tuesday. But the presentation and panel portion of ArchCON begins Thursday morning and continues through Friday afternoon.

Friday

The Show-Me State transforms into something of a hacker haven for the weekend, as two popular hack competitions kick off Friday. The fifth annual Columbia Startup Weekend and the latest edition of GlobalHack in St. Louis will both draw entrepreneurs and techies for weekend-long competitions.

Saturday

Music enthusiasts in Missouri will have their pick of high-profile acts to enjoy, as music festivals LouFest and Dacefestopia both return for another year. The Avett Brothers, Ludacris and Billy Idol are among the big names expected to take the stage for LouFest, which runs Saturday and Sunday in St. Louis’ Forest Park. Bassnectar and Porter Robinson are a couple of the electronic and DJ acts headlining Kansas City’s Dancefestopia, held Friday through Sunday at Berkley Riverfront Park.


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