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Factories in New York area expand at slower pace than forecast

WASHINGTON - Manufacturing in the New York region expanded less than projected in April as orders cooled and sales stagnated. The Federal Reserve Bank of...
CONSUMER CONFIDENCE IN THE U.S. fell by more than forecast in March after rising to a three-month high in February. / BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/SAM HODGSON

Consumer confidence in U.S. decreases more than forecast

WASHINGTON - Confidence among U.S. consumers fell more than forecast in March as Washington’s budget battle soured Americans’ views of the economic outlook. The Conference...
U.S. CONSUMER CONFIDENCE rose for the sixth consecutive week to its highest level since April 2012. / BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/VICTOR J. BLUE

Consumer comfort in U.S. improves to highest level since April

WASHINGTON - Confidence among U.S. consumers climbed for a sixth straight week to the highest level since April as a rally in stock prices...
LAURA MASSAY smiles as she talks to a customer at Beetz Me in Princeton, Ill. Confidence among U.S. small businesses rose in February for the third consecutive month. / BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/DANIEL ACKER

Small-business optimism in U.S. climbs for third month in a row

WASHINGTON – Confidence among U.S. small businesses rose in February for a third month as more company leaders said they will invest in equipment...
CONSUMER CONFIDENCE rose to a three-month high in the U.S. in February. / BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/DANIEL ACKER

Consumer sentiment in U.S. increases to a 3-month high

WASHINGTON – Consumer confidence in the U.S. rose in February to a three-month high, which may help to preserve recent gains in household spending. The...

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