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American consumers in 2013 were more upbeat than at any time in the previous six years as views on the economy, finances and the buying climate improved. more
Rhode Island’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate inched downward in January to 9.2 percent, the lowest rate since November 2008, according to the latest monthly report from the R.I. Department of Labor and Training. The state’s civilian labor force totaled 550,300 in January, up 200 from December 2013 but down 9,700 from January 2013. more
Companies added more workers than projected in December as U.S. employers grew more optimistic about the prospects for demand, a private report based on payrolls showed today. more
More applications for home construction were issued in October than at any time in the past five years, a sign the U.S. residential real-estate market is gaining momentum heading into 2014. more
United Natural Foods Inc.’s net income rose to $27.8 million, or 56 cents per diluted share, during the first quarter of its fiscal 2014 year, a 28.9 percent increase over the $21.5 million, or 43 cents per diluted share, reported for the same period last year. more
Home prices in the Providence metro area reached $238,000 in December on the Black Knight Home Price Index released Monday, unchanged from the previous month. more
Rhode Island saw 1,468 foreclosures for single-family and multifamily homes in 2013, a 10.2 percent decline from 1,634 foreclosures the previous year, affordable homes coalition HousingWorks RI reported Friday. Overall, 22 Rhode Island cities and towns saw foreclosures decline last year, while 12 municipalities and Providence’s East Side saw foreclosures increase and five saw no change. more
Webster Financial Corp., parent company of Webster Bank, posted a profit increase in 2013 over the previous year, with growth in commercial lending highlighting the increase, according to the bank’s fourth-quarter and year-end earnings report released Friday. more
About 90 percent of Rhode Island business leaders think the U.S. economy will improve in the next 12 months, based on a survey taken by about 350 attendees at the Santander Bank and Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce Economic Outlook Breakfast at the Omni Hotel on Thursday. more
Sales of single-family homes in Massachusetts fell 2 percent in November compared with the same period a year earlier, the first decrease in year-over-year home sales since April, according to a report released Monday by The Warren Group. more
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