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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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