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December 14, 2018 2:23 PM US retail sales rose 0.2% in Nov., helped by holiday boost

FILE- In this Nov. 23, 2018, file photo a shopper walks through Dolphin Mall while shopping on Black Friday in Miami. On Friday, Dec. 14, the Commerce Department releases U.S. retail sales data for November. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File) WASHINGTON – U.S. retail sales increased a slight 0.2% in November, as strong sales tied to holiday shopping were offset 80

December 2, 2018 3:07 PM Spain's Andalusia region votes in key test for PM Sanchez

SEVILLE, Spain (Reuters) - Voters went to the polls in Spain’s Andalusia region on Sunday in a first electoral test for Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, whose minority government has struggled to pass a budget since taking office last summer. The election in Spain’s most populous region, a stronghold for Sanchez’s ruling Socialists for decades, is taking 98

November 27, 2018 3:46 PM US consumer confidence slips in November but is still strong

FILE- In this Friday, Nov. 23, 2018, file photo, shoppers enter and take their shopping carts during a Black Friday sale at a Target store in Newport, Ky. On Tuesday, Nov. 27, the Conference Board releases its November index on U.S. consumer confidence. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File) WASHINGTON – U.S. consumer confidence slipped this month but remains 77

November 4, 2018 6:04 AM French far-right overtakes Macron in EU parliament election poll

PARIS (Reuters) - France’s far-right Rassemblement National (RN) party jumped ahead of President Emmanuel Macron’s LREM for the first time in a poll of voting intentions for May 2019 European Parliament elections. An Ifop poll published on Sunday showed the centrist Republic on the Move (LREM) with 19 percent of voting intentions compared to 20 percent 102

October 27, 2018 11:21 AM Iran's Rouhani says U.S. isolated against Iran

DUBAI (Reuters) - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Saturday that the United States was isolated among its traditional allies in its confrontation with Iran, and that even Europe was siding with Tehran against the reimposition of U.S. sanctions. “It does not happen often that the U.S. makes a decision and its traditional allies abandon it,” Rouhani 72

October 26, 2018 6:11 PM A GOP Lawmaker’s Battle to Turn Growth and Jobs Into Votes

Hard-hit Illinois House district has bounced back but both parties in close race are dueling over how to make prosperity stick GRANITE CITY, Ill.—Donald Trump’s economic agenda will be in the spotlight when he visits southern Illinois on Saturday to campaign with local Republican U.S. Rep. Mike Bost. A U.S. Steel Corp. plant has reopened here, and the economy 92

October 25, 2018 6:39 PM Iraq's new PM moving government outside Baghdad Green Zone

Prime Minister-designate Adel Abdul-Mahdi, center, arrives to the parliament building, in the heavily guarded Green Zone, in Baghdad, Iraq, Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018. Iraq's parliament is convening to vote on Prime Minister-designate Adel Abdul-Mahdi's ministry appointments, and the parliament must confirm the appointments for the government to be sworn 62

October 18, 2018 12:47 PM U.S. Jobless Claims Dropped Last Week

Initial claims, a proxy for layoffs across the U.S., decreased by 5,000 WASHINGTON—The number of Americans filing applications for new unemployment benefits fell last week, indicative of a tight labor market in which employers are reluctant to lay off workers. Initial jobless claims, a proxy for layoffs across the U.S., decreased by 5,000 to a seasonally 49

October 11, 2018 10:46 PM Consumer Prices Rise 0.1%, Less Than Forecast

Modest price increases caused the pace of inflation-adjusted earnings to rise at the strongest rate in six months WASHINGTON—Consumer prices rose less than expected for the second straight month, a sign inflationary pressures remain in check despite solid economic growth and low unemployment. While that’s good for American households finally starting 79

September 30, 2018 3:00 PM Consumers Drive the Economy, Stock Market Higher

The next snapshot of the U.S. consumer comes on Friday, when the Labor Department releases data on unemployment, wages and jobs growth The American consumer appears to be in good shape heading into the final quarter of the year, which includes the busy holiday-shopping season. Investors will be watching Friday’s jobs report for further evidence the U.S. economy 64