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More Americans than forecast signed contracts to purchase previously owned U.S. homes in March, an encouraging sign as the housing market was entering its busiest selling season of the year. more
Worker pay in the U.S. rose as forecast in the first quarter, showing the steady drop in unemployment has yet to prompt employers to sweeten paychecks. more
Sports Authority Inc. may be worth so little that it can barely cover the cost of its bankruptcy. more
Tiffany & Co. fourth-quarter earnings topped estimates after new stores in Asia and higher-priced jewelry helped the luxury chain make up for slow sales in the U.S. more
State transportation officials this week started accepting proposals from construction firms to design and build a new commuter rail station to serve Pawtucket and Central Falls. more
The historic Silver Top Diner has been sold at auction, the winning bid of $35,000 submitted by a Rhode Island real estate agent on behalf of a client. more
Fewer Americans filed applications for unemployment benefits last week, marking 100 straight weeks of claims below 300,000. That’s the longest streak since 1970 and indicates a healthy job market. more
Americans’ economic expectations rose to a nine-month high in October even as households’ current assessments of the economy and buying climate dimmed last week, according to figures in the Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index released Thursday. more
The R.I. Department of Education named 22 schools “Commended Schools,” the highest rank, in this year’s school classification, according to a release by the department on Wednesday. more
The U.S. divorce rate has fallen for the third consecutive year, to its lowest level in more than 35 years, according to data released Thursday. more
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