Stories tagged: economy
Mon., April 3, 2017, 7:37 a.m.
U.S. construction spending rose to nearly 11-year high
U.S. developers ramped up construction spending in February to the largest amount in nearly 11 years, led by more building of homes, highways and schools.
Mon., April 3, 2017, 7:31 a.m.
U.S. factories expand again in March but at slower pace
American factories expanded for the seventh straight month in March but at a slightly slower pace than they did in February.
Sun., April 2, 2017, 12:21 p.m.
With visit by Egypt’s Sissi, Trump administration signals sharp policy shift
When President Donald Trump hosts Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sissi this week in Washington, they will have a packed agenda: the fight against terrorism, the Middle East’s multiple wars, the …
Sat., April 1, 2017, 1:29 p.m.
Once-booming gun industry now recalibrating under Trump
President Donald Trump promised to revive manufacturing in the United States, but there’s one once-burgeoning sector poised to shrink under his watch: the gun industry.
Sat., April 1, 2017, 12:31 p.m.
Trump’s rollback of coal rules electrifies Wyoming workers
So when President Donald Trump lifted a federal coal leasing moratorium and ordered a review of greenhouse gas regulations, the announcement electrified many workers here who depend on fossil fuels …
UPDATED: Fri., March 31, 2017, 8:31 p.m.
Trump targets trade abuses with executive orders
President Donald Trump signed a pair of executive orders Friday focused on reducing the trade deficit just days before he holds his first meeting with his Chinese counterpart.
Fri., March 31, 2017, 11:58 a.m.
Consumer spending up tiny 0.1 percent in February
U.S. consumers increased their spending at the weakest pace in six months, while the 12-month rise in consumer prices was the largest in nearly five years.
UPDATED: Fri., March 31, 2017, 9:15 a.m.
Boeing makes billion-dollar bet on the 747 hauling cargo
Boeing has a temporary plan to save the iconic but slow-selling 747 jumbo jetliner: buying its own planes and leasing them to cargo haulers.
Fri., March 31, 2017, 8:26 a.m.
Settle Brexit items, then hold fall talks on Britain’s future, EU leaders say
The European Union on Friday raised the possibility of starting general talks on Britain’s future relationship with the bloc as early as the fall if decisive progress is made on …
Fri., March 31, 2017, 8:23 a.m.
South Africa faces turmoil after firing of finance minister
South Africa faced political and financial turmoil on Friday after President Jacob Zuma fired the finance minister in a Cabinet reshuffle, intensifying a rift in the party that took power …
UPDATED: Fri., March 31, 2017, 8:34 p.m.
Analysis: Trump just kicked off NAFTA renegotiation. History tells us how that will go.
On the campaign trail, Donald Trump hated NAFTA. Hated it. “NAFTA has been a disaster for our country,” he said. “NAFTA has to be totally gotten rid of. Something has …
Thu., March 30, 2017, 1:10 p.m.
Most disapprove of Trump, except on economy, poll indicates
Two months into Donald Trump’s presidency, Americans mostly disapprove of his overall performance. But they’re more upbeat about at least one critical area: his handling of the economy.
Thu., March 30, 2017, 1:06 p.m.
North Carolina is flushing its bathroom bill. What’s next?
North Carolina’s General Assembly passed a measure on Thursday to repeal the “bathroom bill” that has provoked an economic backlash since its hasty enactment a year ago. Republican leaders and …
UPDATED: Thu., March 30, 2017, 8:38 p.m.
U.S. economy grew at steady 2.1 percent rate in Q4
The U.S. economy grew at a slightly faster rate in the fourth quarter than earlier estimates, as consumers ramped up spending that’s expected to fuel growth throughout 2017.
Thu., March 30, 2017, 9:19 a.m.
Environmental groups challenge Keystone XL pipeline approval
A coalition of environmental groups is challenging the federal permit for the Keystone XL oil pipeline in court because they say additional environmental scrutiny is needed.
Thu., March 30, 2017, 8:20 a.m.
Amazon.com announces 10th fulfillment center in Texas
Amazon.com Inc. has announced plans for a 10th fulfillment center in Texas.
UPDATED: Thu., March 30, 2017, 8:37 p.m.
Applications for unemployment aid fell to 258,000 last week
Fewer Americans sought unemployment benefits last week, evidence that the U.S. job market remains healthy.
Thu., March 30, 2017, 7:53 a.m.
Average 30-year mortgage rate slips to 4.14 percent
Long-term U.S. mortgage rates fell this week for a second straight week, slipping further from their highest levels of the year reached two weeks ago.
UPDATED: Wed., March 29, 2017, 8:34 p.m.
Spokane County’s unemployment at 6.8 percent in February
Spokane County’s unemployment rate was 6.8 percent in February, a good number for a month that typically has a high jobless rate.
UPDATED: Wed., March 29, 2017, 4:39 p.m.
Contracts to buy US homes hit highest level since April
More Americans signed contracts to buy homes last month as warm weather and rising confidence appeared to encourage consumers to look for houses.
UPDATED: Wed., March 29, 2017, 4:44 p.m.
Domino’s will begin using robots to deliver pizzas in Europe
Starship Technologies, the London-based company that has created six-wheeled self-driving delivery robots, will begin taking customers Domino’s pizzas in Germany and the Netherlands.
UPDATED: Wed., March 29, 2017, 4:38 p.m.
It’s over: Britain files for divorce from the European Union
The United Kingdom filed for divorce from the European Union on Wednesday, overturning four decades of integration with its neighbors, demolishing the notion that EU expansion is inevitable and shaking …
Wed., March 29, 2017, 6:44 a.m.
U.S. official: Trump to meet China’s Xi first week in April
Chinese President Xi Jinping will meet with President Donald Trump the first full week of April, a senior State Department official said Tuesday.
UPDATED: Tue., March 28, 2017, 10:56 p.m.
Trump, in break from other world leaders, digs in on coal
Declaring “the start of a new era” in energy production, President Donald Trump signed an executive order Tuesday that he said would revive the coal industry and create jobs.
Tue., March 28, 2017, 9:26 a.m.
Amazon buys Mideast’s Souq.com after $800 million counteroffer
Amazon purchased the Middle East’s biggest online retailer Souq.com on Tuesday for an undisclosed amount, a day after a state-backed firm disclosed an $800 million counteroffer.
Tue., March 28, 2017, 8:52 a.m.
Ford investing $1.2B in 3 Michigan plants, adding 130 jobs
Ford Motor Co. is investing $1.2 billion in three Michigan facilities, including an engine plant where it plans to add 130 jobs.
Tue., March 28, 2017, 8:19 a.m.
U.S. home prices rose in January by most in more than 2 years
U.S. home prices jumped in January from a year earlier at the fastest pace in nearly 2
Mon., March 27, 2017, 12:20 p.m.
Montana lawmakers vote against transgender bathroom bill
A Montana legislative panel has rejected a bill that called for a statewide vote on whether to bar transgender people from using bathrooms and locker rooms that don’t match their …
Mon., March 27, 2017, 12:01 p.m.
Some balk as Seattle seeks to spend more money on homeless
Sixteen months after he declared a state of emergency on homelessness, Seattle’s mayor is asking voters in this liberal, affluent city for $55 million a year in new taxes to …
Mon., March 27, 2017, 9:15 a.m.
Supreme Court won’t restore $7.25B swipe fees settlement
The Supreme Court will not restore a $7.25 billion settlement between merchants and Visa Inc. and MasterCard Inc. over credit card transaction fees.