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US economic growth in fourth quarter revised down to 2.2 percent

...years before the beginning of worst economic downturn the country has experienced since the 1930s.Joel Naroff, chief economist at Naroff Economic Advisers, is even more optimistic. He's forecasting economic growth of 3.5 percent this year...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2015-02-27/us-economic-growth-fourth-
US home sales plunge 4.9 percent in January

...winter, but we would not now be surprised to see a further decline in activity in February," said Ian Shepherdson, chief economist at Pantheon Macroeconomics. "The underlying trend in sales is more or less flat."Few properties are coming onto...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2015-02-23/us-home-sales-plunge-49-pe
Raises help, but many Wal-Mart workers too poor to afford living costs without government aid

...so that they can earn a living wage, is the really big question," said Heather Boushey, executive director and chief economist at the Washington Center for Equitable Growth.The answer? Doubtful.Roughly half of all Wal-Mart employees work...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2015-02-19/raises-help-many-wal-mart-
Yellen reiterates Fed's patience in raising rates

...play for dropping 'patient' and, hence that June is still in play for the first hike," said Ian Shepherdson, chief economist at Pantheon Macroeconomics.Other economists, however, forecast that a rate hike won't happen until the second...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2015-02-24/yellen-reiterates-feds-pat
Home construction slipped in January

...construction.Metro areas with the fastest job growth are experiencing larger increases in home prices, Jed Kolko, chief economist at the real estate firm Trulia, said in a report last week."A growing economy fuels housing demand," Kolko said...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2015-02-18/home-construction-slipped-
US businesses post steady job gain in January

...includes retail, transportation and utilities firms added 54,000 jobs, up from 40,000 in December.Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody's Analytics, which compiles the report, said that oil and gas drilling companies have started to cut...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2015-02-04/us-businesses-post-steady-
US consumer spending slips in December as auto sales weaken

...Further big real income gains and soaring confidence point to serious strength in spending," said Ian Shepherdson, chief economist at Pantheon Macroeconomics. "(W)e would not be surprised to see gains approaching 5 percent annualized in the...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2015-02-02/us-consumer-spending-slips
New US home sales jump 11.6 percent in December

...growth caused by increased demand, even if the figures may be bumpy from month-to-month, said Hela Richardson, chief economist at the real estate brokerage Redfin."We're seeing that the hottest demand is at the most affordable price points...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2015-01-27/new-us-home-sales-jump-116
Nation sees increase in jobs, pay in January

...it has picked up steam," said Bill Hampel, the chief economist at the Credit Union National Association. "The benefits...to have hit a new stride," said Diane Swonk, the chief economist at Mesirow Financial.

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2015-02-06/nation-sees-increase-jobs-
Home sales driving Augusta's mortgage market

...weakness abroad and tumbling oil prices have led to further declines in longer-term interest rates," said MBA chief economist Mike Fratantoni.Although refinancing activityis leading the home-lending industry on a national scale, local mortgage...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/local-business/2015-01-16/home-sales-