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Fed will likely signal a rate hike is coming later this year if economy strengthens further

...higher. Stock and bond prices could be squeezed.In recent weeks, key sectors of the economy ? the job market, retail spending, home sales ? have improved. The gains mark a reversal from the January-March quarter, when the economy...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2015-06-16/fed-will-likely-signal-rat
Fewer Americans filed for unemployment benefits last week

...long-lasting goods, the Commerce Department reported Wednesday. Builders broke ground on fewer homes last month, while retail spending has fallen.Those reports indicate that growth will be dramatically lower than its annual average of 2.2 percent...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2015-03-26/fewer-americans-filed-unem
Why US job growth isn't boosting the economy and cheap gas isn't powering spending

...gasoline by spending much more. The lag means that the oil companies' cutbacks have yet to be offset by greater retail spending. So the economy has suffered all the downside, while the upside has yet to appear, said Carl Tannenbaum, chief...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2015-04-05/why-us-job-growth-isnt-boo
US retail sales heat up in March; has big thaw arrived?

...play. Easter was 15 days earlier this year compared to 2014, which might have pulled spending forward.Still, retail spending remains somewhat subdued. Many Americans have qualms about going on a shopping spree when the wounds from the housing...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2015-04-14/us-retail-sales-heat-march
China holiday makes business, cultural waves around world

...the same month in 2012, said Gordon Clark, manager at Global Blue, a Switzerland-based firm that tracks luxury retail spending worldwide. Chinese shoppers spend an average 739 pounds ($1,137) per transaction in Britain each February...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2015-02-18/china-holiday-makes-busine
Americans spent more at retail stores in July, lifting hopes for a rebound in the second half of the year

...Amer icans increased their retail spending in July by the most in five months...the second half of the year.Retail spending rose in every major category...part of the July increase in retail spending was inevitable after consumers...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2012-08-14/americans-spent-more-retai
Repayment of UK mortgage debt accelerates

...a year, shrinking the pool of money available for retail spending, the Bank of England said Friday. The bank estimated...fall in house prices, and this would have cut into retail spending. "There have been some tentative signs of a stabilization...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2009/07/05/fin_529769.shtml
Finance
Spending increase shrinks

...sales offset a surge at department stores, holding retail spending overall to a tepid 0.1 percent increase in January. The rise in retail spending, to a seasonally adjusted $214.8 billion, followed...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/1998/02/13/bus_222363.shtml
Business
US retail sales fell in September on autos, gas

...forecasts for this year and next, citing weakness in Japan, Latin America and Europe.In the U.S., future gains in retail spending will likely hinge on job growth.Employers added 248,000 jobs last month, according to the Labor Department...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2014-10-15/us-retail-sales-fell-septe
US retail sales fell in September on autos and gas

...forecasts for this year and next, citing weakness in Japan, Latin America and Europe.In the U.S., future gains in retail spending will likely hinge on job growth.Employers added 248,000 jobs last month, according to the Labor Department...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2014-10-15/us-retail-sales-fell-septe