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Black Friday a Guide to Holiday Sales? Don’t Buy Into It

Black Friday is nearly here, and with it will arrive forecasts of total holiday sales. But the year’s busiest shopping period is hit-or-miss as a [...]

Central Banks in New Push to Prime Pump

The People’s Bank of China and European Central Bank moved Friday to pump up flagging global growth, boosting stock markets but raising questions about the limitations of central-bank [...]

China Cuts Rates in Surprise Move

Bowing to political and market pressures, China cut lending rates for the first time in more than two years, in an acknowledgment that its piecemeal efforts to bolster its flagging growth have [...]

New York Fed Chief Lambasted

Sen. Elizabeth Warren told New York Fed president William Dudley to fix alleged lax oversight of big banks “or we need to get someone who [...]

With China, Europe Moves, Central Banks Try Again to Spur Global Growth

Major central banks have once again tried to pump up a flagging global economy, sending markets higher but raising new [...]

Regulator: Boosting Scrutiny of Banks on Commodities

Regulators are expanding their examination of bank activities in commodities markets and could unveil new restrictions early next year, a senior Fed official told [...]

Fed Launches Bank-Supervision Review

The Federal Reserve launched a sweeping review of how it supervises big banks amid growing criticism that its process for policing Wall Street isn’t effective and stifles internal [...]

Immigration Plan Seen Affecting Wages, Jobs

President Obama’s move to offer legal-worker status to undocumented immigrants will send unpredictable ripples through the economy, prompting many to seek higher paying jobs and heightening wage competition, economists [...]

U.S. Consumer Prices Unchanged in October

U.S. consumer prices held steady last month, the latest sign of weak inflation at home amid soft energy prices and slow growth [...]

Modi Walks a Reformist’s Minefield

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been on a tear, announcing everything from a “Make in India” campaign to a purge of outdated laws and a public-cleanliness drive, all aimed at boosting economic growth. Still uncertain is what all of Mr. Modi’s tinkering will add up [...]

Existing-Home Sales Rise

Sales of existing homes rose in October to their highest level in a year, the latest sign of the U.S. housing recovery shaking off the shock of last year’s jump in mortgage [...]

Jobless Claims Fall

The number of Americans filing new claims for jobless benefits held around a 14-year low last week, signaling continued improvement in the labor [...]

Tarullo Sees Liquidity Rules Helping

New liquidity rules will give regulators facing a financial crisis the time they didn’t have during the 2008 meltdown to determine a firm’s health, a top Federal Reserve official [...]

Fed Opted to Stay on Path Despite Global Concerns

Fed officials meeting last month said they felt the U.S. recovery was on strong enough footing to withstand gathering external threats to growth and stuck to their plan to unwind nearly six years of easy-money [...]

U.S. Housing Starts Down 2.8%, but Single-Family Market Shows Strength

Builders started construction on fewer properties last month, but a solid gain for single-family homes suggests the market may be strengthening heading into next [...]

BOJ Stays Upbeat

The Bank of Japan maintained its easing policy and upbeat view of the economy despite dismal growth figures that prompted Prime Minister Abe to delay a tax increase and call early [...]

Interest-Rate Cuts Loom Across Asia

Regional trend of moderating prices creates expectations that central banks will cut interest rates to spur growth and help ease heavy debt [...]

Japan Scrambles to Rescue Economy

Recession in the world’s third-largest economy has Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe readying another major economic stimulus and preparing to call snap elections amid rising clamor over the wisdom of his “Abenomics” [...]

U.S. Home-Builder Confidence Rose in November

A gauge of home-builder sentiment climbed in November, a hopeful signal for the U.S. housing recovery as it struggles to find its [...]

Producer Inflation Remains Tepid

The main gauge of U.S. producer inflation ticked higher last month, though broader measures underscored downward price pressures from falling energy costs and a weak global [...]

Japan Falls Into Recession

A sales tax increase pushed Japan’s economy into a recession in the third quarter, setting the stage for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to postpone a second increase in the sales tax. [...]

ECB Open to Further Easing

The European Central Bank is willing to take additional easing steps if needed to keep inflation from staying too low for too long, ECB President Mario Draghi said in testimony to the European [...]

Industrial Production Slips 0.1%

U.S. industrial production slipped in October, a sign domestic economic growth could slow further in the final months of [...]

Obama Looks to Jump-Start Export Push

While the Obama administration will fall well short of its goal of doubling exports in five years, it is hoping to secure longer-run trade victories with sweeping new agreements in the next two [...]

After 25 Years, Central Europe Still Playing Catch-Up

Europe File: Central Europe’s progress looks impressive relative to 25 years ago, but it has fallen short of what many of its citizens had hoped and hasn’t matched the success of some other emerging [...]

Ukraine Crisis Casts Shadow Over G-20

A meeting of the Group of 20 major economies ended on an acrimonious note as Russian President Vladimir Putin departed early amid fierce criticism of Moscow over the Ukraine [...]

Eurozone GDP Shows Meager Expansion

The eurozone economy expanded last quarter at a sluggish rate, underscoring concerns that the region is stuck in a rut of declining investment and high [...]

Lower Gas Prices Boost Retail Sales

Sales at U.S. retailers rebounded in October, a sign lower gasoline prices are boosting household spending at restaurants and other stores headed into the holiday shopping [...]

U.S. to Spend $425 Million on Supercomputers

U.S. officials are committing $425 million to advance supercomputer technology, the latest sign of the government’s determination to leapfrog China in a field often linked to national security and economic [...]

Foreclosure Backlog Slows Recovery in Some States

The U.S. foreclosure crisis has largely wound down, but some states—including Florida, New Jersey and New York—still face a giant backlog of delinquent properties that could bog down local housing markets for years to [...]

U.S. Import Prices Post Largest Monthly Drop in Two Years

Prices of imported goods in October posted their largest monthly decline in more than two years, the latest sign that lower oil costs and weak overseas economies are holding down U.S. [...]

Social Unrest in Mexico Jumps Into Central Bank’s Debates

Social unrest in Mexico caused by the recent disappearance of 43 college students made its way into the central bank’s latest policy [...]

Farmland Values Rise in Parts of Midwest

Farmland values rose in the third quarter in parts of the Midwest and southern U.S. despite declining farm incomes, according to a report Friday by the Federal Reserve Bank of St. [...]

No Opening in Jobs Data for Higher Rates

The idea that the Federal Reserve will raise rates in the middle of next year is predicated on a pickup in wage growth that has yet to [...]

India, U.S. Make Food-Stockpiling Deal

India and the U.S. have come to an agreement on India’s massive food stockpiling program, clearing the way for India to ratify an important World Trade Organization agreement. [...]

Eurozone Inflation to Remain Low, ECB Survey Shows

Inflation in the eurozone is expected to remain super low for the remainder of this year and accelerate only gradually in the next two years, according to a survey of forecasters by the [...]

U.S. College Borrowing Drops 8%

Borrowing for U.S. colleges declined for the third year in a row as the federal government clamped down on for-profit schools and families became more [...]

Farmland Prices Drop in Parts of Midwest

Farmland values declined across much of the Midwest in the third quarter, continuing a slowdown driven by two years of lower U.S. crop prices, according to Federal Reserve [...]

Dallas Fed’s Fisher to Retire in 2015

Richard Fisher, the long-serving president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, will retire in March 2015. [...]

Economists’ View: Lower Inflation, Decent Growth

Economists are lowering their projections for U.S. inflation and interest rates amid falling oil prices and slowing global [...]

Jobless Claims Extend Longest Sub-300,000 Stretch Since 2000

The number of new claims for jobless benefits rose last week, but extended their sub-300,000 run for the longest stretch since [...]

Elevated Level of Part-Timers: Post-Recession Norm?

The unemployment rate has fallen sharply over the past year, but that improvement is masking a still-bleak picture for millions of workers who say they can’t find full-time jobs. [...]

Obama Faces Obstacles to Emissions Deal With China

A plan to curb greenhouse-gas emissions alongside China sets the stage for lengthy confrontations with other nations resistant to making cuts, Republicans who want to roll back regulations and environmentalists pushing for bigger [...]

As Ruble Slides, Russians Go Shopping

Many Russians are looking to make major purchases now, before the ruble drops further or prices rise to reflect the devaluation, a result of economic pressure from Western sanctions and the sinking oil [...]

U.S.-China Accord Was Months in Making

The blueprint for diplomatic progress between the world’s two largest economies hinges on elevating areas of potential agreement, while showing restraint in areas of deep [...]

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