January 31, 2011 American consumers spent 0.7 percent more in December than in November.
January 28, 2011 The economy has grown for six straight quarters, though the expansion has not been strong enough to bring unemployment down substantially.
January 28, 2011 The Commerce Department is expected to say growth accelerated to a 3.5% annual rate from a 2.6% pace in the third quarter.
January 27, 2011 Though other signs have been pointing to an economy that's slowly recovering, these latest indicators reinforce the sluggish nature of that growth.
January 26, 2011 While the year ended with a bang, sales were still down sharply from 2009 and have fallen five years in a row.
January 26, 2011 the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission points at the Clinton and Bush administrations, the Federal Reserve and current Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner (for actions taken when he was president of the New York Fed).
January 25, 2011 Since American consumers buy about 70 percent of all the goods and services produced by businesses, their mood is an important indicator of how things may go for the economy in coming months.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington, D.C., is pretty clear about what it thinks the big story is when it comes to the economy these days.
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January 24, 2011 While consumer spending and some other key economic indicators have been trending up in recent months, the thing that Americans really want to see — job growth — hasn't been as strong as anyone would like. A new survey offers hope.
January 20, 2011 The public's continued focus on jobs and the economy assures that politicians will keep the using the issue to critique the opposition.
A "sold" sign in the front yard of a home in Springfield, Ill., last month.
January 20, 2011 Sales of existing homes have now gone up five of the past six months. The index of leading indicators, meanwhile, is pointing to "an economic expansion that is gaining further traction."
January 20, 2011 There were 404,000 first-time claims for the benefits last week, down by 37,000 from 441,000 the week before.
Katy Read has a warning to would-be stay-at-home moms: Don't.
January 19, 2011 Katy Read quit her job to raise her two children. The time she spent with her boys was wonderful, but she says she's now broke, out of work and without any job prospects. Her advice to new moms: Stay at work.
January 14, 2011 The yearly gain in retail sales was the best in more than a decade.
January 13, 2011 An increase of 35,000 in the number of people applying for unemployment insurance is another sign that the labor market remains weak.
January 12, 2011 The central bank's latest "beige book" review of how things are going around the nation finds modest improvement in most places.
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