April 29, 2011 While there was a solid-sounding 0.6 percent gain in personal spending in March from February, the Bureau of Economic Analysis says most of that increase was not "real." Higher prices for gas and food drove the increase.
April 28, 2011 The growth rate slowed from fourth-quarter 2010's 3.1 percent pace. Meanwhile, the number of people filing first-time claims for jobless benefits rose by 25,000 last week.
April 27, 2011 Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke will have more to say about current conditions when he holds a news conference later this afternoon.
April 26, 2011 The Conference Board's widely watched consumer confidence index is one gauge of how consumers are feeling.
Signs of the times: in Miami on Feb. 11.
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April 26, 2011 "There is very little, if any, good news about housing," says David M. Blitzer, who oversees the widely watched S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices report.
Sales did move up, but the pace remains weak.
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April 25, 2011 But sales were still 21.9 percent below the pace of March 2010.
April 21, 2011 There were 403,000 first-time claims for unemployment insurance last week, the Employment and Training Administration reports.
The $5 price point had already been reached Wednesday at a station in Washington, D.C.
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April 21, 2011 A weak dollar, ongoing troubles in the Middle East and North Africa and rising demand from strengthening economies could combine to send prices well above the current $3.84 a gallon average.
April 20, 2011 But the pace remained well below the level of March 2010. And much of the growth was due to investors snapping up bargain-priced foreclosed homes.
April 19, 2011 The largest gains were in North Dakota, Vermont, Alaska and Texas. The largest losses were in Kansas, New Jersey and New Mexico.
April 19, 2011 Even after a 7.2 percent increase from February, though, starts were still 13.4 percent below the level of March 2010.
April 14, 2011 Claims for jobless benefits rose after two weeks' worth of declines. Wholesale prices were pushed higher by rising energy costs.
April 7, 2011 The third decline in four weeks is another sign that the labor market may be firming.
April 1, 2011 Private payrolls grew by 230,000.
April 1, 2011 The jobless rate likely stayed around 8.9 percent, economists say, as about 200,000 jobs were added to payrolls.
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