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US trade deficit drops sharply in April

...this year's deficit will increase modestly from the revised $508.3 billion deficit in 2014.Robert Kavcic, a senior economist at BMO Capital Markets, said he believed trade's impact would be roughly neutral in the April-June period and...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2015-06-03/us-trade-deficit-drops-sha
US home sales slide in April due to few properties on market

...mortgage rates, and easier credit conditions, there is fundamental support for housing," said Jennifer Lee, a senior economist at BMO Capital Markets. "But with prices heading up again, and inventories still tight, potential buyers may be...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2015-05-21/us-home-sales-slide-april-
US home construction surges to fastest pace since 2007

...speaks volumes about your confidence, job prospects and economic fortunes going forward," said Michael Dolega, a senior economist at TD Bank.The hints of a healthier economy follow a bleak first quarter. Growth is thought to have gone in reverse...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2015-05-19/us-home-construction-surge
US economy shrank in winter but staging a spring rebound

...quarter two and we are seeing signs that the economy is recovering from the weak first quarter," said Jennifer Lee, senior economist at BMO Capital Markets.She said several economic reports next week including consumer spending, the trade deficit...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2015-05-29/us-economy-shrank-winter-s
Part-timers turn attention to sick leave policies

...effect on employers' ability to innovate and be creative with their leave options," she said.Eileen Appelbaum, senior economist at Center for Economic and Policy Research, says mandated sick pay has not had a negative impact on some companies...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2015-05-22/part-timers-turn-attention
Report: impact of hotel tax hardest outside Atlanta

...stays, and it could plug the tax into its existing economic models and historical data, according to Jamie Lane, senior economist with PKF. The firm did the study on its own and not at the request of any client. "We just did it because we felt...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2015-04-28/report-impact-hotel-tax-ha
Why homebuyers face a tough spring

...collapse in 2008."Inventory is still fairly low in a lot of markets across the country," said Skylar Olsen, senior economist at real estate data firm Zillow. "Buyers are not going to have the easiest time out there."Further tilting the...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2015-05-11/why-homebuyers-face-tough-
US employers added just 126K jobs in March

...months, increasingly out of tune with other economic indicators, which have pointed to a slowdown," James Marple, senior economist at TD Economics, wrote in a research note. "The reckoning in March closes at least some of this gap.'"At the...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2015-04-03/hiring-slowdown-us-employe
US economic growth in fourth quarter revised down to 2.2 percent

...quarter of 2006.Friday's report was the second of three estimates for fourth quarter GDP.Sal Guatieri, the senior economist at BMO Capital Markets, said that "while the economy ended the year with less momentum than in the summer and fall...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2015-02-27/us-economic-growth-fourth-
Home construction slipped in January

...We have strong job growth, strong consumer confidence, still low borrowing costs," said Jennifer Lee, a senior economist at BMO Capital Markets.In the past three months alone, the economy has gained more than a million new paychecks...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2015-02-18/home-construction-slipped-