Stories by Martin Crutsinger

Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014

Gauge of US economy posts 0.9 percent October gain

Gauge of US economy posts healthy 0.9 percent rise in October, best showing since July.
By Martin Crutsinger

Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014

home construction drops 2.8 percent

WASHINGTON — Construction of new homes fell slightly in October after a big surge in the previous month, but the weakness was largely driven by the volatile apartment sector.
By Martin Crutsinger

Friday, Nov. 7, 2014

Yellen pledges clear signals for rate policies

Yellen promises clear communication of interest rate policies to minimize market disruptions.
By Martin Crutsinger

Friday, Oct. 31, 2014

US consumer spending down 0.2 percent in September

WASHINGTON — U.S. consumer spending fell in September, the first decline in eight months, as shoppers took a breather after a big spending spree in August. Income growth posted the slowest gain ...
By Martin Crutsinger

Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014

US economy grew at 3.5 percent rate

The U.S. economy grew at a 3.5 percent rate in the third quarter, boosted by exports and defense spending.
By Martin Crutsinger

Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014

Federal Reserve ends bond-buying stimulus

The Federal Reserve cited an improving economy Wednesday as it ended its landmark bond-buying program and pointed to gains in the job market - a key condition for an eventual interest rate increase.
By Martin Crutsinger

Friday, Oct. 17, 2014

Yellen expresses worries about US wealth gap

WASHINGTON - Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen sounded an alarm Friday about widening economic inequality in the United States, suggesting that America's longstanding identity as a land of ...
By Martin Crutsinger

Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014

Fed survey finds moderate growth nationwide

WASHINGTON — The U.S. economy was strengthening in most regions of the country in September to early October, helped by gains in consumer spending, manufacturing and commercial construction.
By Martin Crutsinger

Friday, Oct. 10, 2014

Top finance officials hope to boost growth

Top global finance officials seek to combat variety of threats weighing on growth.
By Martin Crutsinger

Friday, Oct. 3, 2014

US trade deficit drops to $40.1 billion in August

WASHINGTON — The U.S. trade deficit shrank for the fourth straight month in August, falling to the lowest level since January as exports rose to an all-time high.
By Martin Crutsinger

Friday, Sept. 26, 2014

Economy grew at 4.6 percent rate in April-June

WASHINGTON - The U.S. economy's bounce-back last quarter from a dismal winter was even faster than previously thought, a sign that growth will likely remain solid for rest of the year.
By Martin Crutsinger

Friday, Sept. 19, 2014

Gauge of US economy edges up 0.2 percent in August

The Conference Board's index of leading economic indicators rose in August.
By Martin Crutsinger

Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014

Fed plans to keep key interest rate at record low

WASHINGTON - The Federal Reserve signaled Wednesday that it plans to keep a key interest rate at a record low because a broad range of U.S. economic measures remain subpar.
By Martin Crutsinger

Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014

Speculation swirls around Fed meeting, interest rates

WASHINGTON - When the Federal Reserve issues a policy statement after it meets this week, the financial world will be on high alert for two words: "Considerable time."
By Martin Crutsinger

Monday, Sept. 15, 2014

US factory output drops 0.4 percent in August

US manufacturing output falls 0.4 percent in August, first decline since January; autos dip.
By Martin Crutsinger

Friday, Sept. 12, 2014

US business stockpiles up 0.4 percent in July

WASHINGTON — Stockpiles held by U.S. businesses rose by a moderate amount in July while sales increased at the fastest pace in three months.
By Martin Crutsinger

Friday, Aug 29, 2014

US consumer spending dips 0.1 percent

US consumer spending dips 0.1 percent in July, first decline since January; income weak.
By Martin Crutsinger

Thursday, Aug 28, 2014

US economy grew at brisk 4.2 percent rate

WASHINGTON - After a bleak start to the year, the U.S. economy grew at a brisk annual rate of 4.2 percent in the April-June quarter, the government said Thursday, slightly faster than it had first ...
By Martin Crutsinger

Friday, Aug 22, 2014

Yellen says job market still shows need for Fed support

JACKSON HOLE, Wyo. — If anyone thought Janet Yel­len might clarify her view of the U.S. job market in her speech Friday, the Federal Reserve chairwoman had a message: The picture is ...
By Martin Crutsinger

Wednesday, Aug 20, 2014

Some Fed officials want to slow economic help soon

Some Fed officials argue that economy is improving fast enough to signal lower support.
By Martin Crutsinger
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