July 31, 2012 The news on spending is a sign that consumers remain cautious even as their incomes are on the rise.
July 31, 2012 Homebuilding is at its highest level in nearly four years. More homes are selling, and at higher prices. But skeptics say factors, including the struggling economy and a lurking inventory of foreclosed and delinquent homes, will push prices down further.
July 30, 2012 Despite August's reputation as a sleepy month, economically, this week could see some significant headlines. We look at what's in store.
July 30, 2012 Wall Street Journal economics writer David Wessel's new book, Red Ink, lays out in unsparing terms the way the U.S. government spends money, who pays what in taxes, and why politicians can't seem to agree on ways to reduce the potentially catastrophic deficit.
July 27, 2012 The Commerce Department's latest report confirms that economic growth was as lousy this spring as you suspected it was. Now the question is: Can anyone do anything to make it better in the year's second half? Next week, the Federal Reserve's policymakers may take another stab at it.
July 27, 2012 When Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy went public to defend his company's stance against gay marriage, he set off a controversy that has everyone from politicians to puppets weighing in. But the fast-food chain is hardly the first business to get caught in the crossfire of culture wars.
July 27, 2012 Economic growth slowed in the second quarter. We look at just how the U.S. economy breaks down into goods and services.
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 WUNCWith college costs rising and student debt mounting, some high school graduates in Charlotte, N.C., are opting for an alternative route: European-style apprenticeships. One straight-A student has shifted her sights from an international relations degree to becoming an engineer.