April 22, 2013 The housing sector has been one of the economy's bright spots, and economists expect that to continue. But they also say that until new-home construction catches up, the supply of homes for sale will remain tight.
April 18, 2013 There were 352,000 first-time claims for unemployment insurance, up by 4,000 from the week before. The early analysis: It's a sign that the labor market's recovery, while slow, is continuing.
April 16, 2013 The International Monetary Fund has lowered its projections for global economic growth, including in the United States, citing sharp cuts in government spending and the struggling eurozone.
April 16, 2013 The news is another sign that the housing sector's recovery continues. Also Tuesday, there was word that consumer prices fell 0.2 percent in March. The decline was led by a 4.4 percent plunge in gas prices.
April 12, 2013 The good news: Inflation remains in check. The bad news: Consumers were less willing to spend last month.
April 11, 2013 The central bank made a mistake. It sent minutes from its most recent policy meeting to a small group of influential institutions, including some major banks, a day earlier than scheduled. But the minutes are always weeks old. Why are they important? Because they contain clues to the Fed's thinking.
April 11, 2013 After recent reports that were disappointing, Thursday's news was more positive. An estimated 346,000 people filed first-time claims for unemployment insurance, down 42,000 from the week before.
April 4, 2013 There have been several signs in recent days that job growth eased in March. On Friday, the Bureau of Labor Statistics adds its data. Economists expect to hear that the unemployment rate stayed at 7.7 percent, while employers added a relatively modest 200,000 jobs to their payrolls.
March 29, 2013 With higher prices for gasoline factored out, spending rose a more modest 0.3 percent. Meanwhile, personal income rose a healthy 1.1 percent.
March 28, 2013 The economy grew at a 0.4 percent annual rate in the last three months of 2012, the government estimates. That's better than what economists initially reported.
March 26, 2013 The housing sector's recovery continues. Prices were up more than 7 percent in major cities.
March 25, 2013 The $13 billion bailout has some tough conditions. It is aimed at shoring up the island nation's banking sector and making sure its problems don't spread to other nations. But many Cypriots think their creditors have other intentions.
March 19, 2013 The housing sector, which saw its bubble burst in 2007 and 2008, is now one of the economy's bright spots.