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January 9, 2014
Discounts slam retailers' holiday season profits
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Many large U.S. retailers slashed their earnings forecasts on Thursday because of steep discounts they offered during the holidays to persuade reluctant consumers.
January 9, 2014 - 2:08pm
Jobless claims fell last week, labor market firming
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits last week fell slightly more than expected, pointing to an economy that was continuing to gain steam. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits declined 15,000 to a seasonally adjusted...
January 9, 2014 - 7:54am
January 8, 2014
U.S. private sector adds more jobs than expected in December
NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. private employers added 238,000 jobs in December, more than expected and the best read in 13 months, a report by a payrolls processor showed on Wednesday. Economists surveyed by Reuters had forecast the ADP National Employment Report would show a gain...
January 8, 2014 - 9:58am
January 7, 2014
U.S. trade deficit smallest in four years; imports weak
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. trade deficit fell to its lowest level in four years in November as exports hit a record high and weak oil prices restrained import growth, the latest evidence of strengthening economic fundamentals.
January 7, 2014 - 8:13am
Minnesota manufacturers optimistic
ST PAUL -- A survey shows 91 percent of Minnesota manufacturers expect production and employment levels to remain steady or increase in 2014. The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development and the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis released the survey results...
January 7, 2014 - 7:38am
January 6, 2014
U.S. private sector activity growth slows slightly in December: Markit
NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. private sector economic activity growth slowed slightly in December, with the services sector reading also edging lower, an industry report showed on Monday. Financial data firm Markit said its composite Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) - a weighted average...
January 6, 2014 - 8:50am
December 31, 2013
U.S. consumer mood brightens, but home price gains slow
NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. consumers' mood improved as 2013 drew to a close, with many optimistic about their future job prospects, while home prices rose again in October, though the pace of gains slowed.
December 31, 2013 - 1:18pm
December 26, 2013
Jobless claims fall in positive sign for labor market
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits fell last week to the lowest level in nearly a month, a hopeful sign for the labor market.
December 26, 2013 - 8:28am
December 20, 2013
U.S. third-quarter growth raised to 4.1 percent
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. economy grew at its fastest pace in almost two years in the third quarter while business spending was stronger than previously estimated, pointing to some underlying strength that should be sustained. Gross domestic product grew at a 4.1 percent...
December 20, 2013 - 8:03am
December 19, 2013
Friends to the north give Minn. economy big boost
ST. PAUL — Minnesota received a double dose of good economic news Thursday with the announcement of a Canadian business opening a state facility and the unemployment rate falling. The new business is Winnipeg-based Price Industries, which plans a design center in the northwest...
December 19, 2013 - 11:19pm
December 17, 2013
Consumer prices flat in November as gasoline falls
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Consumer prices were flat in November, but a bounce back in the annual inflation rate from a four-year low will probably give the Federal Reserve cover to start dialing back it massive monetary stimulus.
December 17, 2013 - 4:51am
December 12, 2013
Retail sales rise in November, boost economic outlook
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. retail sales rose solidly in November as Americans bought automobiles and a range of other goods, adding to signs...
December 12, 2013 - 8:01am
December 5, 2013
Third-quarter growth revised up to 3.6 percent
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. economy grew faster than initially estimated in the third quarter as businesses aggressively accumulated stock, but underlying domestic demand remained sluggish. Gross domestic product grew at a 3.6 percent annual rate instead of the 2.8 percent...
December 5, 2013 - 8:57am
December 4, 2013
Obamacare uncertainty harming economic rebound, CEOs say
(Reuters) - Uncertain corporate costs for President Barack Obama's healthcare reform law and other regulations continue to stymie U.S. employment and capital spending, business leaders said on Wednesday.
December 4, 2013 - 1:34pm
Private employers step up hiring, trade deficit narrows
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. private-sector hiring rose in November at the fastest clip in a year, suggesting the labor market was improving enough for the Federal Reserve to soon start trimming its bond purchases.
December 4, 2013 - 10:06am