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UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 5, 2018, 8:02 p.m.

Pickups are pricing out the average new vehicle buyer

The prices people are paying for pickups have steadily risen over the past decade, pushing the trucks further and further out of reach for average consumers

UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 11, 2018, 12:06 p.m.

Escalation in Spokane County home prices shows signs of slowing

The average price for homes with sales closing in August was $260,800 – nearly unchanged from $259,300 in July, and down from a peak of $268,830 in June, according to …

UPDATED: Wed., June 27, 2018, 8:06 p.m.

Tariffs will drive car prices up ‘dramatically,’ AutoNation CEO says

Auto prices in the United States will rise “dramatically” if the Trump administration imposes tariffs, AutoNation Chairman and CEO Mike Jackson said Wednesday.

UPDATED: Thu., June 7, 2018, 7:39 p.m.

Starbucks raising price of a brewed coffee in most U.S. stores

Starbucks says it’s raising the price of a regular drip coffee by 10 cents to 20 cents this week in most U.S. stores.

UPDATED: Mon., May 21, 2018, 4:08 p.m.

Shortage of truckers starting to cause prices to rise

Shipping costs have skyrocketed in the United States in 2018, one of the clearest signs yet of a strong economy that might be starting to overheat.

Spokane area home prices continue ascent

Average home prices in the Spokane area continue to rise, reflecting demand for homes and a declining inventory.

UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 14, 2018, 3:54 p.m.

U.S. inflation pressures raising expectations for interest rate hikes

Inflation pressures appear to be building in the U.S. economy, a prospect that is heightening anxiety about potentially higher borrowing rates that could slow economic growth.

UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 1, 2018, 5:07 p.m.

Average auto prices rise 4 percent – an early sign of inflation

Auto sales were strong in January, with average prices up 4 percent – an early sign of an inflationary economy.

UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 18, 2018, 9:12 p.m.

Hospital groups creating company to make cheap generic drugs

Several major not-for-profit hospital groups are trying their own solution to drug shortages and high medicine prices: creating a company to make cheaper generic drugs.

UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 30, 2017, 7:31 p.m.

What grocery shoppers want: Low prices, one-stop shopping

Shoppers who talked with the Associated Press this week say what they want most of all is lower prices and one-stop shopping.

UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 29, 2017, 11:13 p.m.

Harvey’s impact on local gas minimal

Hurricane Harvey and its catastrophic flooding have halted production at Gulf Coast refineries, virtually guaranteeing spikes in gas prices across the country – but Inland Northwest residents shouldn’t expect to …

Amazon to close on Whole Foods buyout Monday

Starting Monday, Whole Foods will offer lower prices on bananas, eggs, salmon, beef and other products. Looking ahead, the Seattle company hopes to give Amazon Prime members special savings and …

U.S. home construction slumped in July

Homebuilders pulled back sharply on construction of apartment complexes in July, causing housing starts to tumble to a three-month low.

UPDATED: Fri., July 21, 2017, 6:23 p.m.

Tumbling prices can’t stop growth of Spokane County’s legal marijuana market on three-year anniversary

The same gram of weed that cost consumers $25 to $30 in 2014 will now set you back about $7, according to the Washington Liquor and Cannabis Board. But Spokane …

Cheaper gas, wireless plans keep U.S. inflation in check

WASHINGTON – Lower costs for gas, airline tickets, new and used cars and wireless mobile phone plans kept U.S. consumer prices flat in June, evidence that inflation remains muted. The …

Dusty wheat fields signal peak for glut

Dry, hot weather from the U.S. to Europe is taking its toll on crops, and the U.S. government is forecasting global output will fall for the first time in five …

Verizon hikes prices, but new options could save you money

Verizon is hiking prices on its cellphone plans, though the new rates come with changes that might actually save you money.

OPEC states fail to reach deal on production

OPEC countries failed Thursday to agree on measures to influence crude supplies and prices – a missed opportunity to show the resolve that for decades let them set how much …

U.S. producer prices rise in April, first time in 3 months

Prices charged by U.S. manufacturers, farmers and other producers rose for the first time since January, lifted by higher costs for gas, steel and medicines.

Jeff Rochon: Regulate the middleman driving up prescription drug costs

Pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) were designed to control drug pricing, but they’ve become large entities in need of regulation.

U.S. consumer prices show signs of acceleration in January

U.S. consumer prices were unchanged in January, as the rising costs of housing and health care were largely offset by cheaper oil.

U.S. producer prices up 0.1 percent in January

U.S. producer prices edged up slightly in January as the biggest rise in food costs in eight months offset a further decline in energy prices. The tiny overall increase indicated …

Obama Social Security offer at odds with top Dems

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama’s offer to limit the growth of Social Security benefits would cost the average retiree less than $50 in the first year. But the cuts …

Farmers worry about dairy prices as deadline nears

MILWAUKEE (AP) — As the nation inches toward the economic “fiscal cliff,” anxiety is growing in farm country about an obscure tangent of the Washington political standoff that reaches into …

Movement seen in ‘fiscal cliff’ talks

WASHINGTON (AP) — Big differences remain, but there is finally movement in long-stalled talks on avoiding the “fiscal cliff.” House Speaker John Boehner is offering $1 trillion in higher tax …

New inflation gauge would cut benefits, hike taxes

WASHINGTON (AP) — Tweaking the way the government measures inflation sounds like an obscure method to help reduce budget deficits, but over time it would lead to significantly lower Social …

US home prices rise in August at faster pace

WASHINGTON (AP) — Home prices rose in August in nearly all U.S. cities, and many of the markets hit hardest during the crisis are starting to show sustained gains. The …

US may soon become world’s top oil producer

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. oil output is surging so fast that the United States could soon overtake Saudi Arabia as the world’s biggest producer. Driven by high prices and …

WA apple farmers may see boon from bad weather

SEATTLE (AP) — First, warm spring weather in the Northeast and Midwest tricked apple trees into budding earlier. Then an untimely frost damaged the delicate blossoms. For apple farmers in …

Social Security benefits get a 1.7 percent bump

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 56 million Americans on Social Security will get raises averaging $19 a month come January, one of the smallest hikes since automatic adjustments for inflation …