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Initial jobless claims increased more than forecast last week

WASHINGTON - Jobless claims increased more than expected last week, reflecting a jump in California that otherwise masked steady progress in the U.S. labor...

Retail sales rise more than forecast as U.S. consumers spend

WASHINGTON - Retail sales rose more than forecast in May, showing consumer spending will help boost economic growth in the second quarter.The 0.5 percent...

Consumer spending in U.S. rises by most in almost seven years

WASHINGTON - Consumer spending climbed in April by the most in almost seven years, a sign U.S. households are ready to help jump start...

U.S. consumer comfort drops on weaker views of personal finances

WASHINGTON - Consumer confidence retreated last week as Americans became less upbeat about their household finances and the state of the economy, the weekly...

Initial jobless claims fall as U.S. layoffs prove temporary

WASHINGTON - Jobless claims fell for a second week, indicating the surge at the start of May reflected temporary dismissals.Initial applications for unemployment benefits...

Housing starts in U.S. rose in April, extending see-saw pattern

WASHINGTON - New-home construction rose in April, extending a pattern of gains and losses that signals the U.S. homebuilding industry is contributing little to...

Consumer prices rise by most since 2013 as U.S. inflation stirs

WASHINGTON - The cost of living in the U.S. climbed in April by the most in three years an indication that inflation may be...

U.S. jobless claims unexpectedly rise to more than one-year high

WASHINGTON - Applications for unemployment benefits unexpectedly increased last week to the highest level since February 2015, a sign progress in the U.S. job...

Consumer comfort in U.S. slumps to weakest level since December

WASHINGTON - Consumer confidence fell to the lowest level since mid-December as Americans grew more pessimistic about the economy, their finances and the buying...

Spending rises less than forecast as Americans boost savings

WASHINGTON - Consumer spending rose less than forecast in March, wrapping up the weakest quarter in a year for the biggest part of the...
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