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December 2, 2013
Factory activity gauge at 2-1/2-year high
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A gauge of U.S. factory activity hit a 2-1/2-year high in November and construction spending increased solidly in October, brightening the economic outlook as the year winds down. The Institute for Supply Management (ISM) said on Monday its index of national...
December 2, 2013 - 10:50am
November 26, 2013
U.S. housing permits breach 1 million mark, highest in 5-1/2 years
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Permits for future U.S. home construction rose to their highest level in nearly 5-1/2 years in October, suggesting the housing market recovery remained intact despite recent signs of slowing down. The Commerce Department said on Tuesday building permits jumped...
November 26, 2013 - 9:10am
November 20, 2013
J.C. Penney sees holiday quarter comparable sales improving
(Reuters) - Struggling retailer J.C. Penney Co Inc (JCP.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) on Wednesday said it was encouraged by business so far in November and forecast higher comparable store sales in the current holiday quarter.
November 20, 2013 - 10:59am
Existing home sales drop to lowest level since June
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. home resales fell in October to their lowest since June due to an inventory shortage and high property prices that have dampened buying power.
November 20, 2013 - 10:02am
Retail sales beat forecasts, point to firming growth
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A gauge of U.S. consumer spending rose more than expected in October as households bought a range of goods, suggesting upside momentum in the economy early in the fourth quarter. The Commerce Department said on Wednesday retail sales excluding automobiles,...
November 20, 2013 - 7:40am
Lowe's raised forecast falls short of analysts' estimates
(Reuters) - Lowe's Cos Inc's (LOW.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) quarterly profit slightly missed Wall Street estimates, and the No. 2 home improvement chain did not raise its fiscal-year outlook as much as analysts had hoped, sending its shares lower.
November 20, 2013 - 7:14am
November 19, 2013
U.S. labor costs point to still-benign inflation
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. labor costs rose marginally in the third quarter, pointing to tame wage inflation that should allow the Federal Reserve to maintain its bond-buying program to stimulate the economy. The Employment Cost Index, the broadest measure of labor costs, increased...
November 19, 2013 - 9:15am
November 18, 2013
Association says U.S. home builder sentiment stabilizes in November
NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. homebuilder confidence stabilized in November after falling for two straight months, though steady home demand was...
November 18, 2013 - 12:41pm
November 15, 2013
NY factories slow down in November in bad sign for U.S. economy
NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Factory activity declined in New York state earlier this month and employment in the sector failed to grow for the first time since June, signs that U.S. manufacturing may have lost a step.
November 15, 2013 - 8:38am
U.S. export prices fall in sign global economy doing poorly
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Prices for U.S. exports unexpectedly fell in October, a worrisome sign of global economic weakness, while the cost of imports into America declined due to a sharp drop in the price of oil. Export prices dropped 0.5 percent last month, the seventh decline...
November 15, 2013 - 8:13am
November 14, 2013
Jobless claims fall, but prior week revised higher
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits fell last week, but an upward revision to the prior week's figure suggested the labor market recovery remained gradual. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits fell 2,000 to a seasonally...
November 14, 2013 - 7:57am
November 8, 2013
One session does not impact the economy
Minnesota’s economy has been receiving high marks lately. Unemployment is dropping, and tax collections were up in fiscal year 2012-13. We moved to No. 8 on Forbes’ annual list of Best States for Business, up markedly from last year. If you missed these reports, no worries. The...
November 8, 2013 - 11:01pm
U.S. jobs market dodges blow from government shutdown
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. job growth unexpectedly accelerated in October as employers shrugged off a government shutdown, suggesting the budget...
November 8, 2013 - 8:48am
November 7, 2013
U.S. growth picks up in third quarter as restocking offsets weak spending
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. economic growth accelerated in the third quarter as businesses restocked shelves but the slowest expansion in consumer...
November 7, 2013 - 8:23am
U.S. retailers' October sales rise, but holiday concerns remain
(Reuters) - Costco Wholesale Corp and Victoria's Secret parent L Brands Inc were among the major U.S. retailers to report same-store sales gains for October, but the outlook remained downbeat heading into the holiday season.
November 7, 2013 - 8:04am