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January 14, 2003

December Retail Sales Disappointing

Retail sales in December turned out to be just about as poor as many store owners were woefully predicting during the holidays

January 10, 2003

U.S. Jobless Numbers Increase In December

U.S. employment fell 101,000 jobs in December and the Bureau of Labor Statistics sharply boosted its estimate of November job losses to 88,000 according to figures released Friday

January 7, 2003

Manufacturing Orders, Shipments Fall

Orders and shipments of manufactured goods fell in November following a significant increase the month before

January 2, 2003

Manufacturing Posts December Increase

The beleaguered manufacturing sector posted one of its better performances of 2002 during December, according to figures released Thursday

December 17, 2002

Industrial Production And Housing Starts Move Higher

Industrial production and housing starts improved in November, while consumer prices managed a slight increase

December 13, 2002

Producer Prices Slide

Producer prices in November posted a decline following an unexpected hike the month before, registering their biggest drop since Ma

December 12, 2002

Retail Sales Post November Increase

U.S. retail sales posted their best showing in three months during November, according to figures released Thursday by the U.S. Commerce Department

December 4, 2002

Manufacturing & Productivity Post October Increases

New figures show the number of new orders and shipments in the manufacturing sector posted solid month-to-month gains, but they are still running behind last year's levels

December 2, 2002

Manufacturing Still Looking For A Rebound

Manufacturing purchasing managers reported production rose sharply in November after two months of no change but they are still nervous about the outlook for further gains

November 26, 2002

GDP Improves Following Revision, Consumer Confidence Up

The U.S. economy performed better than previously thought during the third quarter of the year, while consumer confidence bounced back in November

November 21, 2002

Leading Economic Indicators Flat In October

A measure of the country's overall economic health was unchanged in October, according to figures released on Thursday

November 20, 2002

New Home Starts Hit The Brakes

New home starts in the United States took a nosedive in October after hitting a 16-year high the month before

November 19, 2002

Trade Improves In September

The overall U.S. trade deficit fell slightly in September to $38.03 billion, the second highest level on record, while exports of goods increased

November 14, 2002

Producer Prices, Industrial Production & Retail Sales Numbers Mixed

Prices at the wholesale level increased sharply in October, while industrial production fell and the retail sales picture improved

November 7, 2002

Sales At The Wholesale Level Increase Slightly

Sales at the wholesale level posted a slight increase in September, while worker productivity increased during the third quarter of the year

November 6, 2002

Economic Plans To Change With New Congress

With Republicans regaining control of both houses of Congress following Tuesday's elections, look for changes in both short-term and long-term economic plans, said Newport Communications Senior Economist Jim Haughey.

November 6, 2002

Federal Reserve Lowers Key Interest Rate Again

Federal Reserve policy makers on Wednesday took the step of cutting interest rates even further to help spur the U.S. economy, but some say the move is a dangerous bet

November 4, 2002

Orders And Shipments Of Manufactured Goods Fall

New orders and shipments of manufactured goods fell for a second consecutive month in September -- the third decrease in the past four months

October 31, 2002

GDP Expands 3.1% During Third Quarter

The U.S. economy expanded further during the third quarter of the year, but not as much as some analysts were hoping

October 29, 2002

Consumer Confidence Takes A Dive

Consumer confidence in the American economy slipped to its lowest level in nine years during October

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