December 30, 2010 Those are home sales where a deal has been signed, but not yet closed. Since hitting a low in June, they've risen over the past five months -- but remain 5 percent below the level of November 2009.
December 30, 2010 The number of Americans signing up for benefits dropped by 34,000, to a seasonally adjusted 388,000. It's the lowest level since July 2008.
December 28, 2010 Still, Lynn Franco, director of the Consumer Research Center at the Conference Board, says that "despite this month's modest decline, consumer confidence is no worse off today than it was a year ago."
A home for sale in Jackson, Miss., earlier this month.
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December 28, 2010 Home prices decreased 1.3 percent across the nation's 20 major cities in October from September, according to the S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices. Prices were down 0.8 percent from a year earlier.
Dec. 14: Heading home after shopping in Manhattan.
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December 28, 2010 The word late yesterday from MasterCard Advisors' SpendingPulse that consumers spent 5.5 percent more this holiday season than in 2009 is one of the strongest economic indicators in months.
December 23, 2010 The market bounced back from one of its worst months on record. Still, the gain doesn't signal that the housing sector is healthy just yet.
December 22, 2010 The Bureau of Economic Analysis says gross domestic product grew at a 2.6 percent annual rate in the third quarter. Its previous estimate for the quarter: 2.5 percent growth.
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December 16, 2010 Three more reports add to the evidence of a slowly recovering economy -- though none offer much hope of stronger job growth anytime soon.
December 15, 2010 Prices rose less than economists had expected -- another sign that inflation remains in check.
December 14, 2010 But while growth continues, it is "insufficient to bring down unemployment," the central bank's policymakers agree. So they'll keep interest rates low in a bid to boost growth.
December 14, 2010 Meanwhile, Federal Reserve policymakers meet today and this afternoon are expected to say they're keeping their policies unchanged.
December 13, 2010 A Christmas divide has emerged across the United States. High end retailers report a surge in sales while discounters stock more groceries and other staples to get shoppers in their stores.
December 10, 2010 Sales of U.S.-made goods and services hit their highest level in more than two years. The trade gap narrowed to its lowest point in the past nine months.
December 3, 2010 It had been expected to hold steady. But employers added fewer jobs than expected. The jobless rate has been above 9% for 19 consecutive months, a post-World War II record.
Will we soon be seeing more signs like this?
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December 3, 2010 The November employment report is expected to show another modest gain in jobs -- but a stubbornly high unemployment rate.
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