US Economy

US existing-home sales rise in December

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Lacklustre year for the US housing market ends on a good note.

US activity index flashes below-normal growth

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Midwest-focussed index slips into negative territory thanks to declining production.

US jobless claims fall to 307,000

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Slight reduction from last week's high raises doubts over momentum.

Canada cuts rates. Can the US really hike?

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As other central banks either slash rates or print money to stimulate their economies, and with US inflation already soft, the Fed might want to rethink its timing for lifting rates.

US housing starts jump 4.4% in December

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New construction of US homes rose sharply in December, government data show.

Obama makes middle-class pitch in State of the Union

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US President declares end to US economic crisis, focuses on progress among middle class.

BIS warns on emerging market debt

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Report sees risks in growing monetary policy links between major and developing economies.

Deflation could be good for the US economy

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Typically deflation is a sign that an economy is underperforming. For the US, that's not the case this time.

US consumer sentiment rises in early 2015

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Strong preliminary January numbers from University of Michigan set a good tone for the new year.

US consumer prices fall in Dec

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Oil prices continue to complicate the Federal Reserve's move towards higher rates.

US producer prices fall in December

Largest monthly fall in three years signals falling oil prices are holding back inflation.

US jobless claims lift to 316,000

Print shows highest number of claims in four months, brings setback for labour market.

US jobless claims lift to 316,000

Print shows highest number of claims in four months, brings setback for labour market.

US Fed should hold rates until inflation firms: Rosengren

Boston Fed President sees disconnect between market behaviour, US Fed's confidence on inflation.

Oil complicates the US retail sales picture

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Despite the disappointing retail sales numbers, a combination of factors should ensure the US household sector thrives in 2015.

Fed paints positive economic picture

Fed's 'beige book' finds modest to moderate growth in much of the US through late-2014.

US retail sales fall in December

Larger than expected decline signals growing caution among consumers.

US deficit smallest since 2007

US Treasury posts smallest calendar year deficit in seven years after December surplus.

Kill the NAIRU

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For decades economists have decreed that inflation can only be kept in check if the unemployment rate is above 5 per cent. This theory is now falling apart.

Sizing up China's true influence on the economy

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Economic growth in the US matters much more to Australia's prospects than a slowdown in China. Here's why.

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