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U.S HOMEBUILDER sentiment declined in November, the first time in five months, according to the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index. / BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/SIMON DAWSON

U.S. homebuilder sentiment eases for first time in 5 months

WASHINGTON – Homebuilder sentiment in the United States eased in November for the first time in five months while holding close to the highest...
JEROME POWELL told the House Budget Committee that the Federal Reserve projects continued moderate growth in the U.S. economy. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/ANDREW HARRER

Powell sees few risks likely to derail record U.S. expansion

WASHINGTON – Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell called the United States economy a “star” performer and voiced solid confidence that its record expansion will...
U.S. CONSUMER comfort declined last week to : its lowest level since March, according to Bloomberg. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/VICTOR J. BLUE

U.S. consumer comfort falls to seven-month low on finance views

WASHINGTON –United States consumer comfort fell to the lowest level since March as ratings of the economy, personal finances and the buying climate all...
U.S. JOB OPENINGS in September declined to 7.02 million from an upwardly revised 7.3 million in August. BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/MIKE FUENTES

Job openings in U.S. fall to 18-month low as hiring holds...

WASHINGTON – United States job openings unexpectedly slumped in September to the lowest level in a year and a half on broad declines across...
THE UNITED STATES consumer sentiment index rose to 95.5 from September’s 93.2, according to the University of Michigan. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/VICTOR J. BLUE

U.S. consumer sentiment pares gains as economic outlook dims

WASHINGTON – United States consumer sentiment pared gains from earlier in October while remaining elevated, suggesting Americans’ spending will continue to support the economy...
U.S. JOBLESS CLAIMS declined by 10,000 to 210,000 last week. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/JEFF KOWALSKY

U.S. jobless claims unexpectedly decline to a three-week low

WASHINGTON – Applications for unemployment benefits in the United States unexpectedly declined to a three-week low despite a strike by General Motors Co. workers...
SMALL-BUSINESS optimism declined to its lowest since March, according to the National Federation of Independent Business. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/DANIEL ACKER

U.S. small-business optimism drops to near lowest of Trump era

WASHINGTON – United States small-business sentiment fell to near the lowest level of Donald Trump’s presidency, as tariffs and economic uncertainty increasingly weigh on...
THE CONFERENCE BOARD'S consumer confidence index decreased to a three-month low of 125.1 in September. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/ARIANA LINDQUIST

Consumer confidence in U.S. declines by most in 9 months

WASHINGTON – United States consumer confidence posted the biggest drop since the start of the year as Americans’ expectations for the economy and the...
THE NATIONAL FEDERATION of Independent Business’s index measuring small-business optimism declined 1.6 points to 103.1 in August, its lowest level in five months. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/LUKE SHARRETT

U.S. small-business optimism drops to lowest in 5 months

WASHINGTON – Optimism among United States small-business owners fell in August to the lowest level in five months, with the outlook for the economy...

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