Money & The Economy

Orders at U.S. factories for durable goods rose in June despite constant media reports fretting over President Donald Trump’s negotiating tactics on trade. The Commerce Department reported Thursday that durable goods – items meant to last at least three years, like appliances – rose 1 percent in June. Excluding transportation manufacturers, orders were up
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The distilled spirits industry saw its 20th consecutive year of volume growth, rising 2.1% in 2017 to 227.7 million nine-liter cases. According to the Beverage Information Group’s 2018 Liquor Handbook, consumers are spending more and drinking more—an increase of 6.7 million cases over the previous year. The ongoing interest in high-end and super-premium products across the spirits segments,
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Can we be honest for a moment? If someone asked you to name a consistently honest, trustworthy, reliable business, “junkyard” probably wouldn’t be the first thing to come out of your mouth. Indeed, trying to sell your junk car to a local junkyard can be incredibly stressful and problematic. There are a handful of
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Private sector employment increased by 177,000 jobs from May to June according to the June ADP National Employment Report®.  Broadly distributed to the public each month, free of charge, the ADP National Employment Report is produced by the ADP Research Institute® in collaboration with Moody’s Analytics.  The report, which is derived from ADP’s actual payroll data, measures the
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Business Activity Index at 63.9% New Orders Index at 63.2% Employment Index at 53.6% Economic activity in the non-manufacturing sector grew in June for the 101st consecutive month, say the nation’s purchasing and supply executives in the latest Non-Manufacturing ISM® Report On Business®. The report was issued today by Anthony Nieves, CPSM, C.P.M., A.P.P., CFPM, Chair of the Institute
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Housing demand increased 7.4% in May according to the Redfin Housing Demand Index just released. The rise was driven by a 6.3 percent increase in the number of homebuyers requesting tours, and a 9.7 percent increase in the number making offers on homes from April to May. The Demand Index is based on thousands of
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Merger between Home Chef and Kroger to Redefine the Grocery Customer Experience, Enhance Restock Kroger, and Accelerate Meal Kit Market Growth. (Photo: Home Chef) The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) and Home Chef, the country’s largest private meal kit company, today finalized a deal that will make Home Chef the newest addition to the Kroger family
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A report released Thursday finds that American household debt is currently on pace to exceed the prior peak debt level from 2008 by the end of June, primarily due to non-mortgage consumer debt. LendingTree’s Consumer Debt Outlook for June 2018, an anlysis of the latest Federal Reserve data, found that mortgage-related household debt has actually fallen by 5.5 percent
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U.S. home prices in the first quarter were at the least affordable level since Q3 2008 according to ATTOM Data Solutions report and California is home to three of the top 5 least affordable counties. The Q2 2018 U.S. Home Affordability Report calculates an affordability index based on percentage of income needed to buy a median-priced
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Recent data from Nationwide’s Health of Housing Markets Report (HoHM Report) show a further worsening of housing market sustainability. For the first time since 2010, Nationwide’s proprietary Leading Index of Healthy Housing Markets (LIHHM) does not forecast a positive outlook for the housing sector. LIHHM is unusual among housing market reports because it is a forward-looking
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