US Economy

US manufacturing slows further in Feb

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First quarter slowdown seen in US manufacturing, but sector still expanding.

Consumer spending, incomes rise in US

by AFP
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Consumer spending and incomes lift in January amid a decline in consumer prices.

A financial system still dangerously vulnerable to a panic

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The Federal Reserve’s powers to act as lender of last resort need to be restored and strengthened.

US GDP growth slows in Q4

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Updated figures show world's largest economy expanded at 2% annualised rate.

Delaying Fed rate increases much more creates risk: Fed's Bullard

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Senior official says hiring plans point to rate hike by the end of the third quarter.

Why the Fed isn't worried about falling inflation

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The Federal Reserve expects lower oil prices will benefit both the US and the global economy, so the weak inflation numbers are unlikely to halt a rate rise.

US durable goods orders surge in Jan

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Volatile numbers hint at factories preparing to ramp up production once winter ends.

US weekly jobless claims jump

by AFP
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Number of Americans filing claims for unemployment benefits moves back above 300,000.

US CPI falls 0.7% in January

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First year-on-year decrease since 2009 as food, energy prices ease.

A proactive Fed won't wait for inflation

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The Federal Reserve is more likely to lift rates on the assumption that inflation will follow rather than wait for it to return to target.

US new home sales near six-year high

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New home sales in the US fall slightly in January, remain close to multi-year highs.

US consumer confidence slumps in Feb

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Consumer confidence index dips from 103.8 to 96.4, moves away from 7.5-yr high.

Fed lays groundwork for rate hikes

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Janet Yellen shifts focus from assurances on low rates to likely speed of rate rises.

US home prices gain on low supply

by AP
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Home price index increases 4.5% in December, compared with 12 months earlier.

US home sales slump 4.9% in Jan

by AP
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US home sales hit by cold weather, weaken to slowest pace in nine months.

Fed's Bullard wants 'patient' talk dropped

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James Bullard urges central bank colleagues to lift rates soon despite rising dollar.

US flash PMI lifts in Feb

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US factory activity is steadily improving this month, according to a closely-watched survey.

A muddle of mixed messages from the Fed

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Markets don’t seem to believe the central bank will follow through on its mid-year rate hike.

The US economy won’t get its groove back

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The rate of jobs growth is accelerating in the US, but without solid wages growth or productivity gains the pace of economic recovery will be slow.

US jobless claims fall to 283,000

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Labor Department data surprises expectations amid strong stretch of job creation.

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