November 30, 2011 The increase in the ADP National Employment Report was well above economists' expectations. And it could be a sign that Friday's news from the government on November job growth will also be positive.
November 29, 2011 The sharp rise may be a sign that consumers are growing less anxious about the economy. But the widely watched index is still well below boom-time levels.
One reason prices have been falling: A glut of foreclosed homes.
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November 29, 2011 The worst may be over for the housing market, but a "sustained recovery" is unlikely until the economy gains strength, according to the latest S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices report.
Black Friday at Macy's in Manhattan: Shoppers lined up.
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November 28, 2011 A good first weekend is welcome news. But after a deep recession and with unemployment still high, analysts want to wait and see.
November 23, 2011 More mixed news in the latest economic indicators — including a slight increase in jobless claims and another decline in orders for durable goods.
November 22, 2011 Gross domestic product expanded at a 2 percent annual rate, not the 2.5 percent pace first thought. But some economists see better growth this quarter.
A for sale sign in front of a home, in Milton, Mass., last week.
November 21, 2011 While sales were up 1.4 percent in October, so were the number of deals that fell through because of declined mortgage applications or other reasons.
Flickr user Jennifer Yin notes that at Spro in the Hampden neighborhood of Baltimore, they sell $14 coffee.
November 20, 2011 Coffee prices are due to head North again, as climate change makes previously hospitable growing grounds unsuitable for coffee, a notoriously fickle plant. If you already pay plenty for fine beans, you may not mind. But if you prefer basic black, get ready for its quality to head South.
November 18, 2011 Pushed up by an increase in housing permits, the barometer of economic growth rose 0.9 percent in October.
November 17, 2011 There were 388,000 first-time claims for unemployment insurance last week.
November 16, 2011 Though the economy faces many problems, the news about manufacturing adds to a string of reports that signal at least modest growth ahead.
November 16, 2011 Falling energy costs kept inflation in check. But oil prices are up today, a sign that coming inflation reports might not be as welcome.
November 15, 2011 There's a lot going wrong and not much in the way of positive news to look forward to, say David Wessel of The Wall Street Journal and Zanny Minton Beddoes of The Economist.
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November 15, 2011 Meanwhile, wholesale prices dipped thanks to a sharp drop in energy costs.
Farm equipment and grain silos are silhouetted against a setting sun near Farmingdale, Ill.
November 14, 2011 As demand for offices and other developments has weakened, rising commodity prices have made farmland more valuable — turning some sites that were planned for buildings back into fields for crops.
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