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US new home sales jump 11.6 percent in December

...into the new home market," noted Jennifer Lee, a senior economist at BMO Capital Markets.Last year disappointed in part because...bumpy from month-to-month, said Hela Richardson, chief economist at the real estate brokerage Redfin."We're seeing that...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2015-01-27/us-new-home-sales-jump-116
Fueled by oil, agriculture sector welcomes low diesel prices

...price of food at both restaurants and grocery stores is predicted to go up 2 to 3 percent in 2015, according to agricultural economist Annemarie Kuhns with the Agriculture Department's Economic Research Service.Only 4.7 cents of every dollar spent at...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2015-01-25/fueled-oil-agriculture-sec
Haley insists SC can afford to cut income taxes

...next fiscal year are expected to be less than $400 million above those of 2006-07, as health care costs have climbed. Economists have said the Legislature's tax cuts of 2006 and 2007 exacerbated the budget crisis during the downturn.South Carolina...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/government/2015-01-23/haley-insists-sc-can-aff
Europe unleashes aggressive stimulus to boost eurozone

...ECB's bond-buying program as a rationale to increase government spending."That would undermine confidence," he said.Economists note that government bond yields have already fallen substantially since the depths of the eurozone's debt crisis in 2012...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2015-01-22/europe-unleashes-aggressiv
Economists predict good year for Georgia, Augusta

Economists peering into the crystal ball had good things to say about economic conditions...you can see the growth with your own eyes," said Mark Vitner, an economist for Wells Fargo based in Charlotte, N.C. "I am more upbeat about...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2015-01-15/economists-predict-good-ye
US home construction up 4.4 percent in December

...year, the best showing since 1999. Economists believe the reviving labor market will...for America."Jennifer Lee, senior economist at BMO Capital Markets, called the...recent weakness in building permits, economists are forecasting continued gains in home...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2015-01-21/us-home-construction-44-pe
With oil down, Alaska faces budget crunch

...the economy," said David Teal, director of the Legislative Finance Division.Caroline Schultz, a state labor department economist, doesn't expect a repeat of the state's mid-'80s resident exodus with the current price drop. The economy is more...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2015-01-18/oil-down-alaska-faces-budg
TEDx Augusta event with theme of 'connections' coming Jan. 30

...organization has brought some of the world's best thinkers to one stage, including Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, politicians, economists, poets and educators.Since the TED nonprofit began giving licenses to communities in 2009, more than 7,000 TEDx events...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/education/2015-01-21/tedxaugusta-event-theme-c
Home sales driving Augusta's mortgage market

...but 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-
Economists forecast fast growth in 2015

...according to a panel of top business economists.The National Association for Business...NABE forecasting panel, composed of 48 economists, believes growth will finally move...NABE President John Silvia, the chief economist at Wells Fargo, said NABE is also forecasting...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2014-12-08/economists-forecast-fast-g