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U.S. RETAIL SALES declined 1.2 percent from the prior month in December, according to Commerce Department figures released Thursday after a four-week delay due to the shutdown. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/DAVID PAUL MORRIS

U.S. retail sales fall most in 9 years amid stock plunge

NEW YORK - United States retail sales unexpectedly fell in December, posting the worst drop in nine years in a sign of slower economic...
UNITED STATES manufacturing plunged last month by the most since October 2008, a 5.2-point drop to a two-year low of 54.1 points on the Institute for Supply Management index. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/TY WRIGHT

U.S. factory gauge tumbles by most since 2008 as orders cool

NEW YORK - A gauge of United States manufacturing plunged last month by the most since October 2008, a fresh sign of deceleration in the...
ECONOMISTS PROJECT job growth to slow in December and forward into 2019 after acceleration in most of 2018. / BLOOMBERG NEWS

Economists see no repeat for strong 2018 U.S. job gains

NEW YORK - As the United States wraps up a year of surprisingly strong job growth, such gains are unlikely to repeat in the next...
THE U.S. CONSUMER confidence index decreased from 136.4 to 128.1 in December. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/VICTOR J. BLUE

U.S. consumer confidence drops to 5-month low as outlook dims

NEW YORK - United States consumer confidence slumped in December to the lowest level in five months as expectations deteriorated, the latest sign Americans...

Home price gains in 20 U.S. cities slow for a seventh...

WASHINGTON – Home prices in 20 U.S. cities slowed in October for a seventh consecutive month, extending the longest streak since 2014, a sign of...
UNITED STATES productivity rose 1.3 percent year over year in the July-September period. / BLOOMBERG NEWS

U.S. productivity posts best back-to-back quarters since 2015

NEW YORK - Productivity gains in the United States posted the best back-to-back quarters since 2015, echoing a pickup in economic growth and offering some...
THE UNITED STATES consumer price index slowed to a 2.3 percent annual gain, the least since February. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/ MICHAEL NAGLE

U.S. core inflation trails estimates as used-car prices tumble

NEW YORK - A gauge of underlying United States inflation was below estimates in September as used-vehicle costs fell and housing rents cooled, signaling...
THE UNITED STATES producer-price index increased 2.6 percent year over year in September. /BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/TY WRIGHT

U.S. producer prices increase for first time in 3 months

NEW YORK - United States producer prices rose for the first time in three months amid a surge in gauges reflecting airfares and rail-transportation...
A NET 37 percent of firms report offering higher compensation in September, according to the monthly jobs report from the National Federation of Independent Business, / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/JEENAH MOON

U.S. small-business pay gains at record as firms fight for staff

NEW YORK - A record share of small-business owners in the United States say they’re raising overall pay to attract workers and retain employees amid...
U.S. CONSUMER SPENDING rose at its slowest pace in six months in August, while inflation remained muted, although this New Orleans ice cream shop seemed to be doing well in June. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/AKASHA RABUT

U.S. consumer spending cools; inflation stays near Fed goal

WASHINGTON – U.S. consumer spending rose in August at the slowest pace in six months, moderating from more robust readings on the biggest part of...
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