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Economists still expect rate hike before end of 2015

...expect the strong U.S. dollar and the economic slowdown in China to weigh on the U.S. economy, while lower crude oil prices and monetary policy easing in Japan and Europe are expected to help.Meanwhile, 14 percent of the panelists said...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2015-10-12/economists-still-expect-ra
Japan trade deficit widens as export growth slows

...Thieliant of Capital Economics said in a research note.Lower costs for imports of oil and gas thanks to the drop in crude oil prices have reduced Japan's trade deficit in recent months. The deficit in July was therefore 72 percent lower than in...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2015-08-19/japan-trade-deficit-widens
Japan economy makes meek exit from recession

...the last quarter.But as a net oil exporter, U.S. growth is likely to moderate because of the recent plunge in crude oil prices,"So this is critical to see a pickup of growth in Europe and Japan," Adachi said.Abe has sought to foster growth...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2015-02-16/japan-economy-makes-meek-e
Rechecking the bags

...incur fees typically set at $25 per bag each way.Those universally despised fees began cropping up around 2008 when crude oil prices hit an all-time high, but they never went away after fuel prices normalized. Last year, American air carriers alone...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/opinion/editorials/2015-06-21/rechecking-bags
Gas price may decrease for summer travel

...clean air regulations.Although a barrel was still 68 cents higher than the previous week on Friday, experts believe crude oil prices will drop due to abundant supplies. International conflict and declining production, however, always have the potential...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/metro/2015-04-06/gas-price-may-decrease-summer
Fueled by oil, agriculture sector welcomes low diesel prices

...most major row crops and drop the price of the commodity, according to an April 2014 federal study on the impact crude oil prices have on agriculture. Nearly 20 percent of operating costs for major U.S. row crops are tied to direct energy expenses...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2015-01-25/fueled-oil-agriculture-sec
In 2014, US economy began shaky, finished strong

...billion-plus of their own stock.OIL PRICES PLUNGE: In a gift for U.S. consumers, energy got significantly cheaper. Crude oil prices were essentially cut in half from this year's high. The slowing economies in Europe and Asia curbed demand, while...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2014-12-26/2014-us-economy-began-shak
US trade deficit expands in September

...months ahead, as oil prices have slipped below $80 a barrel from more than $100 a barrel in June."The collapse in crude oil prices means that the trade deficit will narrow again before the end of this year," said Paul Ashworth, chief U.S...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2014-11-04/us-trade-deficit-expands-s
High gas prices in metro Augusta leads to more cyclists

...demand in the springtime. In addition, the ongoing conflict between Russia and the Ukraine has resulted in elevated crude oil prices."Drivers can't seem to catch a break with gas prices rising nearly every day since February," said Avery Ash...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/local-business/2014-05-01/high-gas-pr
Higher gasoline prices are on the way, but the spring surge may be tamer than in recent years

...between $3.55 and $3.75 per gallon.Gasoline prices are 8 percent lower than last year at this time, even though crude oil prices are about the same, in part because gasoline supplies are plentiful.Refiners have kept operations humming to meet...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2014-02-14/higher-gasoline-prices-are