Stories tagged: prices
Fri., April 6, 2018, 4:06 p.m.
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 …
Thu., Aug. 24, 2017, 2:24 p.m.
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 …
Wed., Aug. 16, 2017, 10:01 a.m.
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 …
Fri., July 14, 2017, 11:08 a.m.
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 …
Mon., June 26, 2017, 12:14 p.m.
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 …
Wed., July 6, 2016, 1:42 p.m.
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.
Thu., June 2, 2016, 3 p.m.
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 …
Fri., May 13, 2016, 8:51 a.m.
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.
Sat., March 12, 2016
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.
Fri., Feb. 19, 2016, 9:11 a.m.
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.
Wed., Feb. 17, 2016, 10:14 a.m.
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 …
Wed., Dec. 19, 2012, 12:12 a.m.
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 …
Tue., Dec. 18, 2012, 12:48 a.m.
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 …
Sun., Dec. 16, 2012, 5:53 p.m.
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 …
Tue., Dec. 4, 2012, 12:47 p.m.
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 …
Tue., Oct. 30, 2012, 8:10 a.m.
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 …
Tue., Oct. 23, 2012, 10:39 a.m.
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 …
Fri., Oct. 19, 2012, 12:49 a.m.
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 …
Tue., Oct. 16, 2012, 1:21 p.m.
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 …
Tue., Oct. 16, 2012, 7:53 a.m.
Social Security benefits to go up by 1.7 percent
WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 56 million Social Security recipients will see their monthly payments go up by 1.7 percent next year. The increase, which starts in January, is tied …
Mon., Oct. 15, 2012, 1:30 a.m.
Small 2013 Social Security benefit increase likely
WASHINGTON (AP) — Social Security recipients won’t be getting big benefit increases next year, but the small raises they will receive are playing an important role in helping seniors grow …
Sun., Oct. 14, 2012, 4:57 a.m.
Expect small ‘13 Social Security benefit increase
WASHINGTON (AP) — Social Security recipients shouldn’t expect a big increase in monthly benefits come January. Preliminary figures show the annual benefit boost will be between 1 percent and 2 …
Sat., Oct. 6, 2012, 11:05 a.m.
Calif. gas prices hit all-time high
LOS ANGELES (AP) — It’s a record, though just barely. The price of gasoline hit an all-time average high in California of $4.6140 a gallon Saturday, fueled by a reduced …
Sat., Oct. 6, 2012, 3:59 a.m.
Calif. gas prices equal all-time high
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The price of gasoline equaled the all-time average high in California of $4.61 a gallon Saturday, fueled by a reduced supply and a volatile market. Prices …