Stories tagged: economy
Tue., April 26, 2016, 9:15 a.m.
U.S. consumer confidence slips in April
U.S. consumers were feeling a little less confident in April, even though the stock market was rebounding from its February lows.
Tue., April 26, 2016, 8:11 a.m.
Tribune calls Gannett ‘erratic,’ but still reviewing purchase offer
Tribune Publishing said Tuesday in a letter that USA Today owner Gannett was “erratic” and “unreliable” as the two newspaper companies tried to discuss a possible tie-up.
Tue., April 26, 2016, 7:48 a.m.
U.S. durable goods orders rebounded in March
Orders to U.S. factories for long-lasting manufactured goods rose in March, boosted by surging demand for defense equipment such as military aircraft. But a key category that tracks business investment …
Tue., April 26, 2016, 7:46 a.m.
Some Vancouver city councilors would refuse salary hike
Several Vancouver city councilors on Monday said they would either decline the hefty pay recently allotted by the city Salary Review Commission or donate the extra pay to charity.
Tue., April 26, 2016, 6:59 a.m.
U.S. home prices rise at solid pace, even with flat sales
U.S. home prices continued their steady upward march in February as buyers competed for a limited number of available properties.
Tue., April 26, 2016, 6:41 a.m.
Republican Idaho lawmaker bloc often votes ‘no’ on appropriations
Every year a bloc of lawmakers in the Idaho Legislature votes against billions of dollars in spending for routine functions of state government, and this year was no exception.
Tue., April 26, 2016, 6:41 a.m.
Costco is expected to raise membership fees
Costco shoppers may be in for a membership fee hike next year. Analysts said they expected Costco Wholesale Corp. to set the basic Gold Star Membership fee at $60, up …
Mon., April 25, 2016, 2:10 p.m.
U.S. stocks slip as energy companies fall with oil prices
The Dow Jones industrial average fell 26.51 points, or 0.2 percent, to 17,977.24. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index lost 3.79 points, or 0.2 percent, to 2,087.79. The Nasdaq composite …
Mon., April 25, 2016, 12:05 p.m.
Companies eye partnerships to counter low growth
With global economic growth slowing, inflation staying low and digital innovation generating uncertainty, companies are increasingly looking at partnership deals with other firms, even competitors, to boost revenues, consulting firm …
Mon., April 25, 2016, 10:46 a.m.
Fed will likely keep rates unchanged in face of global slump
The U.S. job market is healthy. The stock market is up. Home prices are rising. Yet as the Federal Reserve prepares to meet this week, it seems in no mood …
Mon., April 25, 2016, 7:37 a.m.
New-home sales fall in March for third straight month
Americans stepped back from buying new homes in March, the third straight monthly decline as sales plunged sharply in the Western states.
Sat., April 23, 2016, 8:10 a.m.
Prost! Germany celebrates 500 years of beer purity law
To some it’s the real deal, to others it’s a bland brew, but thanks to a 500-year-old rule everybody can be sure what’s in German beer. Chancellor Angela Merkel was …
Fri., April 22, 2016, 2:46 p.m.
Cuba relents, allows Cuban-born travelers on historic cruise
Cuba has loosened a policy banning Cuban-born people from arriving by sea, allowing Carnival Corp. to go forward with the first U.S. cruise to the island in a half-century, the …
Fri., April 22, 2016, 1:47 p.m.
China: Can’t sue Cabinet-level agency over Chinese drywall
China’s Ministry of Justice has sent back a lawsuit in which thousands of U.S. homeowners say a Cabinet-level agency should pay for damage to their homes from defective drywall made …
Fri., April 22, 2016, 1:16 p.m.
Clearwater Paper ordered to pay $235,000 to whistleblower
A federal judge has ordered Clearwater Paper Corp. to pay a former employee $235,000 after ruling the company fired him for filing a report with a federal agency about unsafe …
Fri., April 22, 2016, 10:51 a.m.
London mayor tells ‘part-Kenyan’ Obama to butt out
London Mayor Boris Johnson, a leader of the campaign for Britain to leave the European Union, faced a flurry of criticism Friday for suggesting U.S. President Barack Obama may have …
Fri., April 22, 2016, 10:17 a.m.
U.S. home rents up in March, but signs suggest an easing trend
Americans paid more to rent homes last month, but broader measures suggest that the surging increases of prior years have moderated in much of the country.
Fri., April 22, 2016, 10:10 a.m.
171 states signing landmark Paris deal on climate change
Leaders from 171 countries began signing the Paris Agreement on climate change Friday as the landmark deal took a key step forward, potentially entering into force years ahead of schedule.
Fri., April 22, 2016, 9:44 a.m.
McDonald’s U.S. sales rise for third straight quarter
McDonald’s sales rose 5.4 percent at established U.S. locations in the first quarter, marking the third straight increase as the chain fights to stage a comeback.
Fri., April 22, 2016, 9:19 a.m.
U.S. stocks move lower as investors size up earnings
Disappointing earnings from Microsoft, Google parent Alphabet and other big companies pulled U.S. stocks lower in midday trading Friday. Technology sector companies were down sharply, offsetting gains among energy companies …
Thu., April 21, 2016, 11:14 a.m.
White House to distribute $90 million for apprenticeships
The Obama administration says it’ll distribute $90 million this year to help states expand apprenticeship programs, particularly to minorities and new industries.
Thu., April 21, 2016, 7:05 a.m.
Wal-Mart shrinks board membership to 12 from 15
Wal-Mart is shrinking the number of board members to 12 from 15 as it looks to bolster the board for the future.
Wed., April 20, 2016, 5:15 p.m.
Creator of malware used to drain bank accounts gets 9 years
The Russian creator of a computer program that enabled cybercriminals to infect millions of computers and drain bank accounts in multiple countries was sentenced Wednesday to serve 9
Wed., April 20, 2016, 9:04 a.m.
Senate OKs bill to promote wide variety of energy sources
The Senate approved a wide-ranging energy bill Wednesday that would promote a variety of energy sources and speed federal approval of projects to export liquefied natural gas to Europe and …
Wed., April 20, 2016, 8:59 a.m.
Seattle-area tech firms make list of highest-paying companies
Three Seattle-area companies are among the 25 highest-paying firms in the U.S., according to a list released Wednesday by employer-review site Glassdoor.
Wed., April 20, 2016, 8:47 a.m.
U.S. home sales rebounded in March after February dip
WASHINGTON – U.S. home sales recovered in March after slumping in February, kicking off a solid start to the spring buying season. The National Association of Realtors said Wednesday that …
Tue., April 19, 2016, 4:23 p.m.
Hart index shows strong growth for Inland NW companies
The Inland Northwest’s publicly traded companies had a strong first quarter.
Tue., April 19, 2016, 2:50 p.m.
Drugstore chain CVS pushes convenience with curbside pickups
CVS Health will spread its curbside pickup service to drugstores nationwide this year, as traditional retailers continue to hone their reputations for convenience and fight fierce competition online.
Tue., April 19, 2016, 11:50 a.m.
The new look for Coke … more of the same
Coca-Cola wants Diet Coke fans to feel more like they’re drinking “the real thing.”
Tue., April 19, 2016, 9:20 a.m.
Spain say it won’t reach EU deficit target until 2017
The Spanish government is setting a new budget deficit target of 3.6 percent of GDP for 2016 and says the figure won’t fall below the EU ceiling of 3 percent …