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  • Retail sales down 0.1% in February

    CNBC's Rick Santelli breaks down the latest numbers on consumer spending and producer prices. And CNBC's Steve Liesman adds perspective.

  • WASHINGTON, March 15- U.S. producer prices fell in February on lower energy and food costs, but prices were unchanged from a year ago, suggesting the downward trend was near an end. The Labor Department said on Tuesday its producer price index dropped 0.2 percent last month after edging up 0.1 percent in January. With the dollar losing some momentum after gaining 20...

  • *China y/y Feb CPI increase beats forecasts. *Inflation numbers take pressure of China to ease policy. BEIJING, March 10- China's consumer inflation beat forecasts in February, accelerating at its fastest pace since July 2014, while producer prices slowed their slide for the second straight month, taking some pressure of policymakers to rush out more monetary...

  • BEIJING, March 10- China's consumer inflation quickened to 2.3 percent year-on-year in February, at its fastest pace since July 2014 and beating market expectations. Analysts polled by Reuters predicted consumer inflation would come in at 1.9 percent, compared with 1.8 percent posted the prior month. The producer price index remained in deflation, falling...

  • SHANGHAI, Feb 18- China's consumer inflation quickened in January due to rising food prices while producer prices declined for 47th straight month, as falling commodity prices and weak demand add to deflationary pressure in the world's second-largest economy. "Overall, China will likely face strong deflationary pressure in the remainder of the year,"...

  • BEIJING, Feb 18- China's consumer inflation quickened to 1.8 percent year-on-year in January, slightly less than market expectations. Analysts polled by Reuters predicted the index would come in at 1.9 percent, compared with 1.6 percent posted in December. The producer price index fell 5.3 percent in January from a year earlier, the National Bureau of...

  • *Housing starts fall 3.8 percent in January. WASHINGTON, Feb 17- U.S. housing starts unexpectedly fell in January likely as bad weather disrupted building activity in some parts of the country, in what could be a temporary setback for the housing market recovery. Groundbreaking fell 3.8 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual pace of 1.099 million units, the...

  • Need housing to drive growth: Steve Blitz

    The gap is in construction, says Steve Blitz, ITG Investment Research, weighing in on January's housing data and what it indicates about the health of the U.S. economy. Growth is going to come from the first-time homebuyer, says Blitz.

  • Housing starts down 3.8%

    CNBC's Rick Santelli and Diana Olick break down the latest data on producer prices and housing.

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 17- U.S. producer prices unexpectedly rose in January as margins for wholesale machinery and equipment increased, but lower energy prices and a strong dollar continue to keep inflation in check. The Labor Department said on Wednesday its producer price index edged up 0.1 percent after slipping 0.2 percent in December. In the 12 months through...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 15- U.S. producer prices fell in December as energy prices dropped sharply, a trend that could temper expectations that inflation will rise this year toward the Federal Reserve's target. The Labor Department said on Friday its producer price index slipped 0.2 percent after increasing 0.3 percent in November. In the 12 months through December,...

  • December retail sales down  0.1 percent

    CNBC's Rick Santelli has the latest read on last month's retail sales and producer prices.

  • BEIJING, Jan 9- China's consumer inflation barely edged up in December while companies' factory-gate prices continued to fall, adding to concerns about growing deflation risks in the world's second-largest economy. In line with sluggish activity, China's consumer inflation quickened slightly to 1.6 percent year-on-year in December, as expected, compared...

  • BEIJING, Jan 9- China's consumer inflation edged up in December, while companies' factory-gate prices continued to fall, adding to concerns about growing deflation risks in the world's second-largest economy. In line with sluggish activity, China's consumer inflation quickened to 1.6 percent year-on-year in December, as expected, rising slightly from 1.5...

  • SHANGHAI, Jan 9- China's consumer inflation quickened to 1.6 percent year-on-year in December, meeting market expectations. Analysts polled by Reuters predicted the index would come in at 1.6 percent, compared with 1.5 percent posted the prior month. The producer price index was unchanged at -5.9 percent in December, the National Bureau of Statistics said on...

  • BEIJING, Dec 16- China's annual economic growth is likely to slow to 6.8 percent in 2016 from an expected 6.9 percent this year, the People's Bank of China said in a working paper published on Wednesday. China's consumer price index is likely to climb 1.7 percent in 2016 from this year, while its producer price index is forecast to fall 1.8 percent year-on-year, the...

  • *Core retail sales increase 0.6 percent in November. WASHINGTON, Dec 11- A gauge of U.S. consumer spending rose solidly in November, suggesting enough momentum in the economy for the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates next week for the first time in nearly a decade. Retail sales excluding automobiles, gasoline, building materials and food services increased...

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 11- U.S. producer prices unexpectedly rose in November as the cost of services increased, but the underlying trend continued to point to weak inflation pressures. The Labor Department said on Friday its producer price index advanced 0.3 percent after falling 0.4 percent in October. In the 12 months through November, the PPI declined 1.1 percent...

  • Nov. retail sales up 0.2% and PPI up 0.3%

    CNBC's Rick Santelli has the latest data on consumer spending and producer prices. And CNBC's Steve Liesman adds perspective.

  • SHANGHAI, Dec 9- China's consumer inflation quickened to 1.5 percent year-on-year in November, beating market expectations. Analysts polled by Reuters predicted the index would come in at 1.4 percent, compared with 1.3 percent the prior month. The producer price index fell 5.9 percent in November, unchanged from October, the National Bureau of Statistics said...