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    A gauge of manufacturing in New York state contracted in June for the fourth time in five months, the New York Federal Reserve said in a report on Monday that also painted a mixed picture on inflation.

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    Americans could be celebrating the Fourth of July with $5-a-gallon gas, and the effects will ring out from sea to shining sea.

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    Soaring gasoline and energy prices helped drive up U.S. consumer prices during May by the fastest rate since November, a government report showed.

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    With Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke sounding alarms about inflation, the consumer price index is expected to have risen by 0.5 percent in May.

  • The inflation outlook for 2008 in the U.S., Japan, euro zone and the UK rose again in June, triggering big revisions to economists' interest rate forecasts, Reuters polls showed on Thursday.

  • The standard of living has decreased for many Americans, a trend that will reverse only after the troubles in the housing market work through, Pimco Managing Director Paul McCulley said on CNBC.

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    World stocks hit their lowest in almost two months, major government bonds tumbled and the dollar jumped after the Fed chief fired another warning on inflation.

  • Rising food and energy costs are still trickling through the economy, complicating the outlook for inflation, Boston Federal Reserve President Eric Rosengren said on Tuesday.

  • The worst of the credit crunch is over, but the Federal Reserve is likely to keep interest rates on hold for a long time despite a surge in oil prices, as the U.S. economy still has to prove it is stabilizing, money manager Bob Doll said on Tuesday.

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    Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke Monday sounded a warning over soaring energy costs and said the central bank would "strongly resist" any tendency for an inflationary psychology to take hold.

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    Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson  declined to rule out intervening in currency markets to stabilize the dollar, but said strong economic fundamentals would "shine through."

  • President Bush said Monday a strong dollar was in the interest of the United States and the global economy, and that energy prices were high.

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    The U.S. economy likely shed jobs for the fifth straight month in May as flagging consumer confidence and the worst housing bust in generations discouraged hiring.

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    The number of laid-off workers filing claims for unemployment benefits showed an unexpected improvement last week although a key indicator of unemployment hit a four-year high.

  • The United States will not experience a protracted period of economic weakness like Japan did in the 1990s, but the U.S. financial system is hurt by a lack of clear information about banks, Atlanta Federal Reserve Bank President Dennis Lockhart said Wednesday.

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    U.S. mortgage applications fell for a third consecutive week, reaching its lowest level in over six years as demand for home refinancing loans plunged, an industry group said Wednesday.

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    Many Americans allowed themselves to fantasize about large-screen TVs, European vacations and other luxuries when they learned of the federal rebates they'd be getting this spring and early summer.

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    Two Federal Reserve policy-makers warned on Wednesday that interest rate increases might be needed before too long to curb inflation, even as the United States struggles with a weak economy.

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    A rise in fees has led to growing dissatisfaction with retail banks, which may be sacrificing long term growth in favor of short-term gains, J.D. Power and Associates said in a study.

  • There are several signs that the financial crisis that has long plagued the market is winding down, according to one expert.