July 31, 2012 The news on spending is a sign that consumers remain cautious even as their incomes are on the rise.
July 27, 2012 The nation's gross domestic product grew at a 1.5 percent annual rate, the Bureau of Economic Analysis estimates, down from a 2 percent pace in the first quarter.
July 26, 2012 The decline was a surprise. Economists say the Labor Department has been having difficulty applying "seasonal adjustments" to the figures because of changes in the timing of annual shutdowns at auto plants.
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July 19, 2012 A summary of the economic policies that won a thumbs-up from our broad spectrum of economists — and would probably prove toxic to any actual presidential candidate.
July 19, 2012 Sales fell 5.4 percent in June from May, but the median price rose 7.9 percent from a year earlier. Also, fewer homes were on the market because of foreclosures.
July 19, 2012 Claims continue at a pace signalling that the economy is still having trouble producing jobs.
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July 18, 2012 At an annual rate of 760,000, ground-breaking for construction of single-family homes, apartments and condominiums the pace rose 6.9 percent in June from May
July 17, 2012 Though the central bank expects "moderate" economic growth in coming quarters, Bernanke offers a sober assessment of current conditions. But there is brighter news: Home builders say they're growing more confident about the housing sector's recovery.
July 16, 2012 The news is among several recent indications that the economy is slowing. But, the pace is still better than a year ago.
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July 10, 2012 There were 3.6 million jobs open and ready to be filled in May if the right candidates came along, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported this morning. So why aren't more people getting work? Maybe too many employers are being too picky.
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July 6, 2012 Economists had been expecting slightly better job growth. The jobless rate has been above 8 percent since February 2009. The report adds to evidence that the economy is slowing again.
July 5, 2012 That could mean the nation's jobless rate ticked down in June. The unemployment figure is due for release on Friday.
July 2, 2012 The Institute for Supply Management says its June "PMI" index stood at 49.7, down from 53.5 and the first time in nearly three years that it wasn't above 50. That's the line between growth in manufacturing and contraction.
June 28, 2012 Neither of today's economic reports change the picture. They add to evidence of sluggish growth.
June 27, 2012 The 5.9 percent increase in pending home sales was well above expectations and matched their strongest pace in two years.
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