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First-Time Jobless Claims Drop By 5,000

LONDON (UPI) — The U.S. Labor Department said first-time jobless claims fell 5,000 in the week ended Saturday to 348,000, pushing the four-week rolling average to 355,000. Last week’s drop followed a decrease of 14,000 the preceding week. The four-week rolling average decreased 1,250 from the previous week’s 356,250, Labor said. The biggest increases in […]

Detroit’s Finances Deemed In Severe Straits

DETROIT (UPI) — A team of financial advisers in Michigan deemed the city of Detroit in serious financial straits but said it would hold off on an outright state takeover. The state-appointed team reviewing the city’s finances said Detroit was in a “severe financial emergency,” The Detroit News reported Thursday. Michigan’s laws allow the state […]

California Fines Walmart $2.1 Million

SAN DIEGO (UPI) — A judgment in California concerning scanning errors at Walmart Stores has been extended and revamped, court papers say. San Diego, Calif., Superior Court Judge Jeffrey Barton agreed with prosecutors who charged Walmart Stores Inc., with failing to follow through on a 2008 judgment that also involved overcharging customers. Barton ordered an […]

Work Gaps? Employers Say They Understand

CHICAGO (UPI) — A majority of U.S. employers in a national poll indicated they understand the recent recession disrupted normal career paths. It is fairly standard for job seekers to worry a gap in their employment record makes them appear unemployable or lazy — or both. In addition, many worry taking a job with lesser […]

Higher Rates Slow Mortgage Activity

WASHINGTON (UPI) — The Mortgage Bankers Association said U.S. mortgage activity fell 7.4 percent in the week ending Friday, as interest rates rose. Interest rates for 30-year, fixed-rate conforming mortgages climbed from 4.39 percent to 4.49 percent with average points rising from 0.43 to 0.47. Rates for 15-year, fixed-rate contracts rose from 3.36 percent to […]

U.S. Retail Gets Another Boost From Weather

WASHINGTON (UPI) — U.S. retail sales rose 0.9 percent in the week ending Saturday with clothing and department stores showing strong gains, a trade association said. The International Council of Shopping Centers said sales rose 0.9 percent from the previous week and 3.3 percent from the same week of 2011. Factory outlet stores also showed […]

Existing Home Sales Down Month-To-Month

WASHINGTON (UPI) — Existing U.S. home sales fell 0.9 percent in February month-to-month, but rose over the past 12 months, the National Association of Realtors said Wednesday. The trade group said sales of single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops rose 8.8 percent from a year earlier to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.59 million […]

Clinton Touts Steps To Isolate Iran

WASHINGTON (UPI) — U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Tuesday 11 countries have become the first to “significantly reduce” imports of oil from Iran. “I am pleased to announce that an initial group of 11 countries has significantly reduced their volume of crude oil purchases from Iran,” she said. Clinton said Belgium, the Czech […]

India Now World’s Leading Arms Importer

STOCKHOLM, Sweden (UPI) — Sweden’s International Peace Research Institute, which tracks the global arms trade, reports that India is the world’s leading arms importer. SIPRI’s latest report notes that for the period 2007-11, India accounted for 10 percent of global arms imports. While the bulk of India’s foreign weapons came from the Russian Federation, including […]

Housing Starts Slide, But Permits Are Up

WASHINGTON (UPI) — New home construction starts in the United States fell 1.1 percent January to February, the Commerce Department said Tuesday. Housing starts dropped to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 698,000, compared with a upwardly revised figure for January of 706,000. The rate of single-family housing starts in the month was 457,000, which […]


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