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Gallup Says Consumer Confidence Is Up

PRINCETON, N.J. (UPI) — Researchers at Gallup said the weekly U.S. Economic Confidence Index is near its four-year high, which was posted three weeks ago. The weekly index, though still negative, has been pushed higher with sharp gains in confidence among Democrats in recent months, Gallup said. Among Democrats, Republicans and independents, the Index now […]

Poll: Money Helps Buy Happiness

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. (UPI) — A survey conducted by Marist College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., found that money is, after all, a critical factor in personal satisfaction with life. “According to a new Marist poll money really does matter,” the college said in a news release. In a survey conducted for Home Instead Senior Care by the […]

Social Media A Big Part Of Hiring Process

CHICAGO (UPI) — Social media Web sites are playing a significant role in the hiring process in U.S. companies, a national survey of hiring personnel found. In a survey of 2,303 respondents, conducted by Harris Interactive from Feb. 9 through March 2, 37 percent of respondents indicated their companies used social Web sites to check […]

Mortgage Activity Climbs In Week

WASHINGTON (UPI) — The Mortgage Bankers Association said U.S. mortgage activity rose in the week ending Friday, as interest rates dropped. Mortgage activity increased 6.9 percent in the week. The trade group’s Refinancing Index also rose, jumping 13.5 percent from the previous week. Interest rates for 30-year, fixed-rate conforming mortgages fell from 4.43 percent to […]

Internet Ads Generated $31 Billion In 2011

NEW YORK (UPI) — Internet advertising revenue soared in 2011, hitting $31 billion, a trade group based in New York reported Wednesday. The Internet Advertising Bureau said revenues for ads rose 22 percent over 2010, putting revenues at a record high two years running. The report on the industry was prepared by accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers. […]

Builder Confidence Backslides

WASHINGTON (UPI) — Confidence among U.S. building contractors slipped in April for the first time in seven months, a national housing market index indicated. The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index was unchanged in March, but fell 3 points to 25, the trade group said. The break-even point on the index is […]

Dartmouth President Heads To World Bank

WASHINGTON (UPI) — Directors of the World Bank in Washington named Dartmouth College President Jim Yong Kim their next director with a five-year term beginning in July. Kim, a doctor, is a co-founder of Partners in Health and a former director of the Department of HIV/AIDS at the World Health Organization. He has also taught […]

Business Travel: Fewer Trips, More Spent

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (UPI) — The U.S. business traveler is not getting around quite as often as he or she used to, a Global Business Travel Association study indicates. The study said business travelers are traveling less frequently, which has forced them to stay longer on business trips to get more work done. The group reported […]

Industrial Production Flat In March

WASHINGTON (UPI) — Industrial production was flat in March for the second consecutive month, the U.S. Federal Reserve said Monday. Production in manufacturing, mining and utilities last moved in January when it was up 0.4 percent compared to December. For the first quarter of 2012, production was up 5.4 percent on an annual basis. In […]

Housing Starts Dropped In March

WASHINGTON (UPI) — New home construction starts in the United States fell 5.8 percent February to March, the Commerce Department said Tuesday. Housing starts dropped to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 654,000, compared with a revised figure for February of 694,000. The rate of single-family housing starts in the month was 462,000, which was […]

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