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Fed officials in no hurry to raise rates

Fed officials in no hurry to raise rates

WASHINGTON | Federal Reserve officials struggled last month to assess when economic data might prompt them to raise interest rates from record lows — and how best to convey their intentions to investors.

February 19, 2015 12:00 am
U.S. consumer prices drop 0.4 percent in December

U.S. consumer prices drop 0.4 percent in December

WASHINGTON | U.S. consumer prices fell in December by the largest amount in six years, reflecting another big monthly decline in gas prices and providing further evidence of falling inflation pressures.

January 17, 2015 12:00 am

Fed to be 'patient' about a rate hike; stocks soar

WASHINGTON | The Federal Reserve is edging closer to raising interest rates from record lows given a strengthening U.S. economy. But it will be "patient" in deciding when to do so.

December 18, 2014 12:00 am

Fed pondering change in rate hike signals

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy is finally doing better, and the Federal Reserve may be ready to acknowledge that fact.

December 17, 2014 7:04 am

Fed sees solid U.S. economy, despite new threats

WASHINGTON | Federal Reserve policy-makers discussed a variety of economic threats at their October meeting — from turbulent financial markets to overseas weakness — but decided to move forward with plans to end their landmark bond buying program.

November 19, 2014 3:45 pm

U.S. wholesale stockpiles up 0.3 percent

WASHINGTON | U.S. wholesale businesses posted a modest gain in their stockpiles in September as sales rebounded from a big decline the previous month.

November 12, 2014 10:47 am

U.S. consumer spending down 0.2 percent in September

WASHINGTON | U.S. consumers cut spending in September for the first time in eight months, as incomes grew at the slowest pace this year. The figures underscore nagging economic soft spots that are expected to ease in the coming months.

November 01, 2014 12:00 am

U.S. economy rallies to solid Q3 growth

WASHINGTON | The U.S. economy powered its way to a respectable growth rate of 3.5 percent from July through September, outpacing most of the developed world and on track to extend the momentum through the end of the year and beyond.

October 30, 2014 4:41 pm

Fed is expected to signal no rate hikes imminent

WASHINGTON (AP) — The global economy has stumbled, and financial markets have endured some stomach-churning moments. But that doesn't mean the Federal Reserve plans any major policy shifts.

October 29, 2014 7:09 am

Economy's Q2 rebound was even faster than thought

WASHINGTON | The U.S. economy's bounce-back last quarter from a dismal winter was even faster than previously thought, a sign that growth will likely remain solid for rest of the year.

September 26, 2014 6:02 pm

Why economists say 2014 could prove breakout year

WASHINGTON | Once this year's harsh weather has faded, the U.S. economy could be poised for a breakout year -- its strongest annual growth in nearly a decade.

March 27, 2014 3:55 pm

U.S. budget deficit down 37.6 percent through July

The government on Monday reported a $97.6 billion deficit for July but remains on track to post its lowest annual budget gap in five years.

August 12, 2013 1:50 pm

U.S. wholesale stockpiles rose 0.2 percent in April

WASHINGTON | U.S. wholesalers increased their stockpiles in April and their sales rebounded from a big decline in March, positive signs for economic growth.

June 11, 2013 3:29 pm

U.S. housing starts surpass 1 million in March

WASHINGTON | U.S. homebuilders broke the 1 million mark in March for the first time since June 2008. The gain signals continued strength for the housing recovery at the start of the spring buying season.

April 16, 2013 3:42 pm

US consumer spending, income jump in February

WASHINGTON | U.S. consumers stepped up spending in February after their income jumped, aided by a stronger job market that offset some of the drag from higher taxes. The gains led economists to predict stronger economic growth at the start of the year.

March 29, 2013 4:34 pm

U.S. factory orders that signal investment surge

WASHINGTON | U.S. orders for machinery and other factory goods that signal business investment surged in January, indicating confidence in the economy.

March 06, 2013 3:29 pm

U.S. factory orders up 1.8 percent in December

WASHINGTON | U.S. factory orders increased in December even though companies trimmed their orders for goods that signal investment plans.

February 04, 2013 3:05 pm
Fed unveils bold, open-ended steps to aid economy

Fed unveils bold, open-ended steps to aid economy

WASHINGTON | The Federal Reserve unleashed a series of bold and open-ended steps Thursday designed to stimulate the economy by boosting the stock market and making it cheaper for people to borrow and spend.

September 13, 2012 3:30 pm Related

Fed's discussion suggests possible new action soon

WASHINGTON | Federal Reserve officials spoke with increased urgency at their last meeting about the need to provide more help for a weak U.S. economy. Many thought further support would be needed "fairly soon" unless the economy improved significantly.

August 22, 2012 7:00 pm

Bernanke signals no imminent steps to aid economy

WASHINGTON | Slumping job growth has alarmed some economists who fear the U.S. economy is in trouble.

June 07, 2012 7:30 pm

Economy grew modest 2.8 pct. in Q4, best in 2011

Americans spent more on cars and trucks, and companies restocked their shelves at the strongest pace in nearly two years, helping the U.S. economy reach its fastest growth rate of last year.

January 27, 2012 9:20 am

Economists see modest growth next year

The U.S. economy will muddle through the next year without a recession, but growth-predicted to be 2.4 percent-will be too weak to make much of a dent in the unemployment rate, forecasters believe.

November 19, 2011 11:05 pm

Bernanke: Economic growth 'frustratingly slow'

WASHINGTON | Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke on Wednesday acknowledged the pace of economic growth is likely to be "frustratingly slow" after the Fed downgraded its forecast for the next two years.

November 02, 2011 3:30 pm

U.S. spending up as savings interest hovers near zero

WASHINGTON | Americans are making a little more money and spending a lot more.

October 28, 2011 5:53 pm

Economy gaining, but so is unemployment

The economy is showing signs of modest improvement - not enough to reduce high unemployment but enough to ease fears another recession might be near.

October 02, 2011 12:00 am

Economy gaining but not enough to cut unemployment

WASHINGTON | The economy is showing signs of modest improvement — not enough to reduce high unemployment but enough to ease fears another recession might be near.

September 30, 2011 12:00 am

Bernanke puzzled by weak consumer spending

WASHINGTON | Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said he's surprised by how cautious consumers have been in the two years since the recession officially ended. But the Fed chief offered no hint of any steps the Fed would take to boost the weak economy.

September 09, 2011 12:00 am

Trade deficit narrowed in July

WASHINGTON | A record level of exports and a drop in oil prices narrowed the U.S. trade deficit in July to its lowest point in three months. The jump in exports could give the economy a lift at time when it is at risk of another recession.

September 09, 2011 12:00 am

Service firms grew at slightly faster pace

WASHINGTON | Service firms that employ 90 percent of the U.S. work force expanded at a slightly faster pace in August. But the sector remains too weak to help an economy that is barely growing and struggling to create jobs.

September 07, 2011 12:00 am

U.S. service sector grew in June, but at slower pace

WASHINGTON | The U.S. service sector, which employs nearly 90 percent of the country's work force, expanded for a 19th consecutive month in June. But growth slowed from May, a sign the economy remains sluggish.

July 07, 2011 12:00 am

Economy grew slightly faster 1.9 pct. in Q1

The U.S. economy expanded a little faster at the beginning of the year than previously estimated. But the growth rate was still anemic and economists don't see that changing much in the coming months.

June 24, 2011 11:45 am

Hiring likely to boost spending despite gas prices

Consumers as a whole will likely spend more this year-but not because we'll all be earning more money. Even people lucky enough to get a raise will likely spend most of those extra dollars to pay higher gas and food prices.

April 30, 2011 5:15 pm

Gov't to expand bank rules for tracking money transfers

WASHINGTON | The Obama administration is proposing that banks report all electronic money transfers in and out of the country, expanding its anti-terrorism requirements for financial institutions.

September 27, 2010 2:01 pm

August retail sales up 0.4 pct., best in 5 months

WASHINGTON | Retail sales rose in August by the largest amount in five months, adding to evidence that a late spring economic swoon was temporary and not the start of another recession.

September 14, 2010 10:01 am

Housing construction rises 1.7 percent in July

WASHINGTON | New home construction edged up slightly in July but applications for building permits tumbled to the lowest point in 14 months, a sign of continued stress in housing.

August 22, 2010 12:00 am
Trade gap likely points to slower economic growth

Trade gap likely points to slower economic growth

WASHINGTON | A decline in exports and a sharp rise in imports pushed the U.S. trade deficit in June to its widest point since October 2008, raising new concerns about the weakening economic recovery.

August 11, 2010 12:10 pm Photos


Consumers cut back on credit cards in June

WASHINGTON | Consumer borrowing fell in June for a fifth straight month as households keep cutting back on credit card use.

August 06, 2010 6:48 pm


WASHINGTON | Consumers are saving more and being picky about how they spend their money, new data show.

August 03, 2010 2:27 pm
Trade gap widens as imports and exports both rise

Trade gap widens as imports and exports both rise

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. posted solid gains in exports in May, a positive sign for the economy. And while imports grew even faster, some economists saw that as a hopeful sign because it suggests companies are betting that consumers will spend more in coming months.

July 13, 2010 4:21 pm

Less spending by Americans could slow recovery

WASHINGTON | Americans are pulling back on their spending, a trend that could slow the economic recovery if it continues.

June 12, 2010 12:00 am

Government goes high-tech to redesign $100 bills

WASHINGTON | The folks who print America's money have designed a high-tech makeover of the $100 bill. It's part of an effort to stay ahead of counterfeiters as technology becomes more sophisticated and more dollars flow overseas, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke says.

April 22, 2010 12:00 am

Treasury pay czar releases 2010 pay guidelines

WASHINGTON | The Treasury Department said Friday that five big companies still living on federal bailout money will see cash salaries for some of their top earners limited in 2010 so that only five of those executives in this group will be making cash salaries above $500,000.

April 17, 2010 12:00 am

March housing starts post highest level in over a year

WASHINGTON | Housing construction posted a better-than-expected performance in March, rising to the highest level in 16 months on the strength of multi-family homes.

April 16, 2010 8:21 am

March budget deficit declines to $65.4B

WASHINGTON | The budget deficit for March showed a dramatic decline as the Obama administration formally entered a lower ultimate cost for the government's $700 billion financial bailout program.

April 13, 2010 12:00 am

Housing construction drops 5.9 pct in February

WASHINGTON | Housing construction fell in February as winter blizzards held down activity in the Northeast and South. The decline highlighted the challenges facing builders as they struggle to emerge from the worst housing slump in decades.

March 17, 2010 1:00 am

China trims holdings of Treasury securities

WASHINGTON | China retained its spot as the biggest foreign holder of U.S. Treasury debt in January even as it trimmed its holdings for a third straight month. The string of declines underscored worries that the U.S. government could face much higher interest rates to finance soaring budget …

March 16, 2010 12:00 am

Feb. retail sales offer positive surprise

WASHINGTON | Retail sales posted a surprising increase in February as consumers did not let major snowstorms stop them from racking up purchases. The advance, the biggest since November, provided hope the recovery from the Great Recession is gaining momentum.

March 13, 2010 12:00 am

Wholesale inventories fall while sales increase

WASHINGTON | Businesses trimmed inventories at the wholesale level again in January even though sales rose for a 10th consecutive month. The dip in inventories underscored that businesses remain cautious about restocking their depleted shelves.

March 11, 2010 12:00 am

Low inflation gives Fed room to keep rates down

WASHINGTON | The Federal Reserve seems likely to keep interest rates at record lows for several more months after news Friday that consumer prices excluding food and energy fell in January.

February 20, 2010 12:00 am

Consumers are squeezed as inflation outpaces wages

WASHINGTON | American families were squeezed last year as their inflation-adjusted weekly wages fell 1.6 percent -- the sharpest drop since 1990 -- even as consumer prices rose only modestly.

January 16, 2010 12:00 am
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