Growth in retail sales largely reflects sales of cars and the fuel to run them.
A report showing a very weak economic performance during the first quarter is already being discounted.
Winter may have ended, but weak retail numbers show many merchants still felt a chill in April.
It’s still mostly quiet on the inflation front, and that’s not necessarily a good thing.
We learn this week how consumers, retailers and homebuilders weathered the winter.
As the weather thaws, will frosty foreign relations chill markets and the economy?
Is the economy just under the weather? This week’s reports will be mined for clues.
How the consumer is feeling may tell us how we’ll fare when spring finally arrives.
This week’s indicators will be mined for clues on whether the economy is still under the weather.
The House of Representatives has forged past an increasingly bitter Republican divide and approved a budget bill with strong bipartisan support. The vote of 332-94 sets the stage for consideration by the Senate next week. If approved there as anticipated, President Barack Obama is expected to sign the bill into law. The most important feature