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JUSTIN HAMMERLE purchased his first home in the Riverside section of East Providence last year. Sales of previously owned U.S. homes declined more than forecast in December, data from the National Association of Realtors data showed Tuesday. However, sales for the full year were the strongest since 2006. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Existing U.S. homes fell in Dec.; 2016 still best in a...

WASHINGTON - Sales of previously owned U.S. homes declined more than forecast in December, data from the National Association of Realtors data showed Tuesday....
OPERATIONS INSIDE a manufacturing facility in New Holland in Pennsylvania. Filings for U.S. unemployment benefits fell to near the lowest level since the 1970s, a Labor Department report showed Thursday. / BLOOMBERG NEWS PHOTO

Filings for U.S. jobless benefits near lowest since 1970s

WASHINGTON - Filings for U.S. unemployment benefits fell to near the lowest level since the 1970s, consistent with a still-improving labor market, a Labor...

U.S. service industries expand at faster pace than forecast

WASHINGTON - America’s service providers expanded more than forecast last month, spurred by an upturn in orders that coincided with stepped-up demand at the...
CONSUMER CONFIDENCE jumped to the highest level since 2004, extending a surge in Americans’ optimism for their finances and the U.S. economy following Donald Trump’s election victory. / BLOOMBERG NEWS PHOTO

Consumer sentiment in U.S. jumps to 12-year high on Trump win

WASHINGTON - Consumer confidence jumped to the highest level since 2004, extending a surge in Americans’ optimism for their finances and the U.S. economy...

Jobless claims in U.S. increased to six-month high last week

WASHINGTON - The number of Americans filing applications for unemployment benefits rose more than expected to a six-month high last week, potentially reflecting seasonal...

Consumer prices in U.S. increase for fourth consecutive month

WASHINGTON - The cost of living in the U.S. rose for a fourth straight month, adding to signs that inflation is approaching the Federal...

Consumer sentiment in U.S. rises to highest since January 2015

WASHINGTON - Consumer confidence jumped more than forecast this month as Americans expressed the sunniest picture of their financial situation in 11 years, extending...

Service industries in U.S. expand at fastest pace in 13 months

WASHINGTON - America’s service industries expanded in November at the fastest clip since October of last year, putting the economy’s biggest sector on a...
JOBLESS CLAIMS increased by 17,000 to 268,000 in the week ended Nov. 26, seasonally adjusted Labor Department figures showed Thursday in Washington. / BLOOMBERG NEWS PHOTO

Jobless claims in U.S. increase to highest level since June

WASHINGTON - The most Americans since June filed for U.S. unemployment benefits last week, indicating a possible pause in progress in the labor market. Jobless...

U.S. jobless claims rebound after plunging to four-decade low

WASHINGTON - Filings for unemployment benefits in the U.S. rebounded last week from a four-decade low while remaining consistent with a firm labor market. Jobless...

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