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  • For Americans, Income Falls but Spending Goes Up Friday, 1 Mar 2013 | 10:04 AM ET

    U.S. consumers increased spending modestly in January from December. Income plunged by the most in two decades, although the decline followed a one-time surge in December.

  • Manufacturing Surges at Best Rate Since June 2011 Friday, 1 Mar 2013 | 10:01 AM ET
    Employee John Carrier loads parts into a machine at the Mennie Machine Co. in Mark, Illinois, U.S.

    The pace of growth in the U.S. manufacturing sector picked up to its fastest rate in over a year and a half in February as new orders continued to accelerate, while a separate report showed U.S. construction spending fell.

  • US Consumer Sentiment Boost by Jobs Optimism Friday, 1 Mar 2013 | 9:56 AM ET
    Consumers shop for televisions in Walmart.

    U.S. consumer sentiment rose in February as Americans were more optimistic that the jobs market will improve, even as confidence in fiscal policy was near all-time lows, a new survey showed.

  • Time to End the ‘Monetary Ritalin’: Fed’s Fisher Thursday, 28 Feb 2013 | 5:52 PM ET
    Richard Fisher

    With the economy starting to improve, the Federal Reserve should begin to end its bond purchases, Richard Fisher, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas President, told CNBC.

  • Shifting Gears to Woo a Cautious Consumer Thursday, 28 Feb 2013 | 11:52 AM ET

    The American paycheck's not the only thing that's shrinking as big business thinks of creative ways — from smaller packages to deep price cuts — to capture the hesitant consumer's dollar amid signs of weak sales.

  • US Consumer Debt Rises for First Time in Four Years Thursday, 28 Feb 2013 | 11:29 AM ET

    Consumer debt rose in the final months of 2012 for the first time in four years, a sign that Americans may be starting to reach the end of cutting back on credit, New York Federal Reserve reported Thursday.

  • Budget Cuts to Hit Main St., but Sky Won't Fall March 1 Thursday, 28 Feb 2013 | 11:28 AM ET
    The nation's aerospace and defense programs are especially vulnerable to sequester-related budget cuts.

    If mandatory federal spending cuts begin to take effect Friday, small employers are likely to experience a negative ripple effect of reduced business.

  • Back in Business: Chicago PMI Hits 11-Month High Thursday, 28 Feb 2013 | 9:46 AM ET
    An employee assembles an 2.0 liter ecoboost engine on the production line at the Ford Motor Co. Cleveland Engine Plant in Brook Park, Ohio, U.S

    The pace of business activity in the U.S. Midwest picked up modestly to reach an 11-month high in February as new orders gained, a report showed.

  • Slow Going: GDP Growth Inches Up; Claims Lower Thursday, 28 Feb 2013 | 9:33 AM ET
    An applicant stands after meeting potential employers at a job fair in New York.

    The U.S. economy barely grew in the fourth quarter while the number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits fell more than expected last week.

  • Factory Orders Fly Even as Defense in the Dumps Wednesday, 27 Feb 2013 | 10:26 AM ET
    A specialty retailer of durable goods, including home appliances, furniture, mattresses and consumer electronics.

    A gauge of planned U.S. business spending increased by the most in just over a year in January and new orders for long-lasting manufactured goods excluding transportation rose solidly, pointing to underlying strength in factory activity.

  • Pending Home Sales Soar Despite Rough Winter Wednesday, 27 Feb 2013 | 10:00 AM ET

    Rough winter weather across much of the US at the start of this year apparently did not keep home buyers away. Contracts to buy existing homes in January rose to the highest reading since April 2010.

  • Want a New Car? You Probably Can't Afford One Wednesday, 27 Feb 2013 | 9:08 AM ET
    A customer looks over a Ford Fusion parked on the lot at a dealership in Colma, Calif.

    Median-income families in only one major U.S. city actually can afford to buy a new car, a new study finds.

  • Bernanke: My Inflation Record Is One of the Best Tuesday, 26 Feb 2013 | 10:26 AM ET
    Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke.

    Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke strongly defended the U.S. central bank's bond-buying stimulus before Congress on Tuesday, saying that the bank sees little risk of higher inflation in the near term.

  • New Home Sales Soar; Best Reading in Four Years Tuesday, 26 Feb 2013 | 10:02 AM ET

    U.S. new-home sales jumped in January from the previous month to the highest level since July 2008, while a separate report showed that consumer confidence picked up much more strongly than expected in February.

  • Boom! Home Prices Log Biggest Gain Since 2006 Tuesday, 26 Feb 2013 | 9:20 AM ET

    U.S. single-family home prices picked up in December, closing out 2012 with the biggest yearly gain in more than six years as the housing market got back on its feet.

  • Sequestration 'Meat Cleaver' Is Irresponsible: Summers Tuesday, 26 Feb 2013 | 8:43 AM ET
    Former U.S. National Economic Council Chairman Larry Summers

    Former Clinton Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers argued on CNBC for a "balanced approach" because President Barack Obama has agreed to more spending cuts.

  • Not-So-Golden Years: Over 75, Burdened By Debt Tuesday, 26 Feb 2013 | 8:42 AM ET

    America's seniors appear to have grown more burdened by debt in recent years, and experts say a likely culprit is medical expenses.

  • Olympic National Park, Washington.

    As $85 billion in spending cuts loom, people across the country who rely on the government were trying to fathom what it would mean for them. The NYT reports.

  • Second Crippling Blizzard in Days Blasts Central US Tuesday, 26 Feb 2013 | 6:39 AM ET

    Another blizzard bore down on the nation's midsection early Tuesday after lashing the Texas Panhandle with hurricane-force winds, closing highways and cutting power to thousands in Texas, Oklahoma, and Kansas.

  • Past Due: More Americans Are Behind on Auto Loans Tuesday, 26 Feb 2013 | 6:21 AM ET

    More Americans fell behind on their auto loan payments in the last three months of 2012, when some borrowers' financial obligations temporarily take a backseat to spending on holiday shopping.

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