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Government report shows solid economic growth at end of 2013, brightens outlook for 2014

...strongest consumer spending in three years."The economy showed real signs of momentum at the end of 2013," said Diane Swonk, chief economist at Mesirow Financial. "We are better positioned for decent growth for 2014 than we were a year ago...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2014-01-30/government-report-shows-so
Consumers' big purchases lift hopes for US economy

...electronics and appliance stores rose 1.1 percent."Consumers who have money are spending and spending big," said Diane Swonk, the chief economist at Mesirow Financial. "Those who don't aren't."Sales of everyday items, such as clothes...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2013-12-12/consumers-big-purchases-li
Fed is expected to maintain bond-buying pace until early next year

...at some point, but I don't think they have done enough explaining yet to prepare the markets for the move," said Diane Swonk, chief economist at Mesirow Financial.Once the Fed does slow its bond purchases, many economists think it will start...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2013-12-17/fed-expected-maintain-bond
Oil's decline feeds drop in gasoline prices

...8 percent of their income on gas."It's the difference between going out to dinner one more time or not," says Diane Swonk, the chief economist at Mesirow Financial. "It matters."The U.S. government releases its initial estimate of...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2013-04-22/oils-decline-feeds-drop-ga
Americans grew gloomier about the economy in May

...May 16.The timing "does make a difference, especially in a month where we were riding a roller-coaster," said Diane Swonk, chief economist at Mesirow Financial.Meanwhile, recent signs that an economic slowdown is spreading beyond Europe...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2012-05-29/americans-grew-gloomier-ab
Low prices, weak hiring raise odds of Fed action

...Operation Twist," the goal is to further lower long-term interest rates to encourage borrowing and spending.Diane Swonk, the chief economist at Mesirow Financial, said allowing the program to end could result in tighter credit and make...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2012-06-14/low-prices-weak-hiring-rai
Cautious consumers, Superstorm Sandy push down US retail sale

...point out that consumers may be forced to make storm-related repairs a priority. That could cut into holiday sales.Diane Swonk, chief economist at Mesirow Financial, said Manhattan accounts for nearly 20 percent of spending nationwide at luxury...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2012-11-14/cautious-consumers-superst
Business spending, fewer layoffs lift economy

...picking up, which is critical to the growth and competitiveness of the U.S. economy over the long haul," said Diane Swonk, the chief economist at Mesirow Financial.Orders for manufactured goods expected to last at least three years rose...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2012-01-27/business-spending-fewer-la
First-time jobless claims fall, signal hope

...picture of the job market.And they raise some hopes for the economic rebound."The recovery is slowly taking root," Diane Swonk, the chief economist at Mesirow Financial, wrote in a research note.Still, she added, "Any gains we see are likely...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2010-02-11/first-time-jobless-claims-
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Signs point to stronger economic growth next year

...then something happens and things fall apart. But this time we have a lot more stars coming into alignment," said Diane Swonk, chief economist at Bank One in Chicago. For one, manufacturing companies that have shed more than 2 million jobs...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2003/06/16/bus_378591.shtml
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