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  • US Economy Showing More Signs of Weakness Friday, 30 Nov 2007 | 12:45 PM ET
    Cash Register

    The U.S. economy is continuing to show weakness in everything from personal spending and income to construction spending, according to several reports out Friday

  • Bernanke Signals Fed Open To Cutting Rates Further Friday, 30 Nov 2007 | 8:48 AM ET
    Federal Reserve Bank Chairman Ben Bernanke.

    Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said on Thursday a resurgence in financial strains in recent weeks had dimmed the outlook for the U.S. economy, signaling an openness to lowering interest rates again.

  • Euro Zone Inflation at 6.5-Year High, Sentiment Dips Friday, 30 Nov 2007 | 7:07 AM ET

    Euro zone inflation jumped more than expected in November to its highest in six and a half years and inflation expectations rose while economic sentiment worsened, highlighting the European Central Bank's rate dilemma.

  • Inflation Worries Hammer German Retail Sales Friday, 30 Nov 2007 | 4:02 AM ET

    German retail sales posted their steepest decline in October since a value-added tax increase sent them plunging at the start of the year, in a sign that consumers are increasingly worried about higher energy and food prices.

  • Japanese Inflation Rises, First Gain in 10 Months Friday, 30 Nov 2007 | 1:02 AM ET

    Higher energy and food prices saw Japan's core consumer prices record their first annual rise in 10 months in October, but the modest 0.1 percent gain only slightly boosted expectations of a rate hike early next year.

  • Dollar Gains on Month-End Corporate Buying Thursday, 29 Nov 2007 | 4:21 PM ET
    Exchanging Dollars and Euros

    The dollar rallied against most major currencies Thursday, buoyed by demand from U.S. corporations seeking to square their books by the end of the month.

  • U.S. Economy Shows More Signs Of Slowing Down Thursday, 29 Nov 2007 | 1:18 PM ET

    Softer-than-expected new-home sales and a surge in jobless claims heightened fears of a steep U.S. economic slide.

  • White House Revises GDP Outlook: 2007 Up, 2008 Down Thursday, 29 Nov 2007 | 12:49 PM ET

    The White House lowered its U.S. economic growth forecast for 2008 Thursday because of trouble in the housing and credit markets, but said the economy remained resilient and a six-year expansion would continue

  • GDP Surged in Summer But Slowdown Is Coming Thursday, 29 Nov 2007 | 12:27 PM ET

    The U.S. economy grew at a robust 4.9% rate in the third quarter, but a surge in jobless claims last week signaled a major slowdown in the fourth quarter.

  • Australian Investment Boom Eases in Third Quarter Wednesday, 28 Nov 2007 | 9:25 PM ET

    Australian business investment unexpectedly fell last quarter as the booming mining sector took a breather, though firms still upgraded already ambitious spending plans for coming months.

  • Japan's October Industrial Output Rises, Outlook Patchy Wednesday, 28 Nov 2007 | 7:48 PM ET

    Japan's industrial production rose in October from September, signalling firm corporate activity and steady exports, but the data did little to alter views that the Bank of Japan will not raise interest rates until next year.

  • Wall Street Bloodbath: Layoffs Keep Growing Wednesday, 28 Nov 2007 | 6:07 PM ET

    Bear Stearns is only the latest Wall Street firm to cut jobs. In recent months, U.S. banks and financial service companies with banking operations having been slashing tens of thousands of positions.

  • Fed's No. 2 Sparks Markets With Hint Of Rate Cuts Wednesday, 28 Nov 2007 | 4:08 PM ET

    The Fed's No. 2 official signaled a willingness to cut interest rates further, saying renewed  financial market turmoil could slow the  economy more than thought.

  • Fed Sees A Blue Christmas as Growth Slows Wednesday, 28 Nov 2007 | 3:47 PM ET

    The economy grew at a slower pace in the late fall as shoppers watched their pennies heading into the busy holiday season.

  • Economy Will Be Hit Hard Even Without Recession Wednesday, 28 Nov 2007 | 2:24 PM ET

    The  economy may avoid a recession in the year ahead but it's almost certain that there will be months of slow growth.

  • Dollar Gains; Investors Bet Recent Declines Too Far Wednesday, 28 Nov 2007 | 12:43 PM ET

    The dollar rallied to one-week highs against the euro, the yen and the Swiss franc Wednesday with investors betting the U.S. currency's recent slump to multiyear lows had gone too far.

  • Durable Goods Orders Fall for Third Straight Month Wednesday, 28 Nov 2007 | 9:21 AM ET

    New orders for long-lasting U.S.-made manufactured goods dropped for a third month in a row during October and companies appeared wary about making new investments, according to a Commerce Department report on Wednesday.

  • German Consumer Confidence Falls for Fourth Month Wednesday, 28 Nov 2007 | 4:41 AM ET

    Consumer confidence in Germany fell for the fourth consecutive month despite the end-of-the-year holiday season, driven by fears surrounding the strong euro and high prices, according to a survey released Wednesday.

  • Consumer Mood Worsens Due to Gas Prices, Markets Tuesday, 27 Nov 2007 | 12:08 PM ET

    U.S. consumer confidence fell unexpectedly sharply in November to  a two-year low on worries about rising gas prices and financial market volatility.

  • Goldman Slashes Growth Outlook, Sees Lower Rates Tuesday, 27 Nov 2007 | 11:15 AM ET

    Goldman Sachs on Tuesday slashed its target for the expected trough in U.S. benchmark interest rates by a full percentage point, citing an increased probability of recession and the likelihood of a prolonged period of sluggish performance for the U.S. economy.