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Faster supplier deliveries is latest sign of U.S. factory lull

Economy-watchers trying to figure out when the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates may want to pay attention to an indicator buried in a...

Sluggish small-business hiring may portend U.S. labor weakness

NEW YORK - Hiring at the smallest U.S. businesses is moderating, a sign of sluggishness in the economy. Growth has slowed in some indexes measuring...
FEWER FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS report a willingness to lend to consumers or offer credit cards, signaling a potential threat to consumer spending and retail-sales growth. / BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/DAVID PAUL MORRIS

Lower share of banks willing to lend curbs retail sales

NEW YORK - The share of banks more willing to lend to consumers has been declining, a trend that threatens retail-sales growth. The net percentage...
INVESTORS ARE SKEPTICAL that U.S. retail spending will exceed forecasts. / BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/SCOTT EELLS

Skepticism about U.S. spending seen in consumer stocks

NEW YORK - Investors are skeptical that U.S. retail spending will exceed forecasts this year, as some consumer-discretionary stock indexes have yet to reach...

Construction jobs rebound amid pick-up in U.S. home remodeling

NEW YORK - Construction hiring is picking up as Americans invest in renovating their homes amid signs that the worst of the housing-market declines...

Consumers save less to fuel U.S. sales as stocks may lag

NEW YORK - Retail stocks may underperform the market because consumers are financing spending partly by saving less, which might be unsustainable as unemployment...

Credit managers for manufacturers see less U.S. recession risk

NEW YORK - The U.S. manufacturing industry rebounded in September from its lowest level since December 2009, helping to defy concerns about a double-dip...

Retailers cautious on U.S. consumers risk holiday shipping rush

NEW YORK - Retailers may face a last-minute rush to restock their shelves if household spending improves as it did in the 2009 holiday...

Self-employed struggle as U.S. recovery offers few opportunities

NEW YORK - More than 1 million self-employed Americans are no longer in business almost four years after the last recession began, as the...

Small-business hiring gains momentum

NEW YORK - U.S. small businesses are starting to ramp up hiring 21 months after the end of the deepest recession since the 1930s,...
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