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Group: No Candidate Very Pro-U.S. On Trade

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 22 (UPI) — A non-profit, non-partisan group that promotes U.S.-made products at home and abroad says no presidential candidate is very pro-American on trade. Joel D. Joseph, chairman of the Made in the USA Foundation, said the group awarded points if the candidates opposed NAFTA and other free-trade agreements, like those recently […]

NABE Survey: More See U.S. Economy Growing

WASHINGTON, Jan. 23 (UPI) — An increasing number of business economists and policymakers say U.S. economic growth will top 2 percent this year, a national survey released Monday indicated. But most saw the job situation staying about the same, the National Association for Business Economics survey showed. Sixty percent of respondents said they expected real […]

Southwest Finds Room For More Seats

DALLAS, Jan. 19 (UPI) — U.S. discount airline Southwest is adding lighter seats to its planes that will save money and, in hindsight, provide new revenue, an executive said. The airline said an interior overhaul including seats 6 pounds lighter than the old seats for 372 Boeing 737-300 planes in its fleet and to AirTran’s […]

GM Reclaims Top Spot In Sales

DETROIT, Jan. 19 (UPI) — U.S. automaker General Motors is back at the top of the hill in auto sales, industry data show. GM lost its perch at the top to Toyota two years ago. But Toyota has had it rough lately. After massive recalls plagued the company, Japan was devastated by a massive earthquake […]

China’s U.S. Debt Holdings At 16-Month Low

BEIJING, Jan. 20 (UPI) — China’s holdings of U.S. Treasuries fell to a 16-month low of $1.1326 trillion in November, down from $1.5 trillion in October, China Daily reported. It was the second straight month the holdings had declined. China is the largest creditor to the United States. Analysts told China Daily the trend would […]

Existing Home Sales Rise

WASHINGTON, Jan. 20 (UPI) — Existing U.S. home sales rose in December and unsold inventories declined, the National Association of Realtors said Friday. The trade group said sales of single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops rose 5 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.61 million in the month. Inventories, meanwhile, fell 9.2 percent […]

Automakers Expect To Hire In 2012

DETROIT, Jan. 20 (UPI) — Several automakers in the United States, both foreign and domestic, said they will hire more workers in 2012. Daimler Trucks North America, BMW, Ford Motor Co. and Chrysler are among those that said they would add new workers this year, the Los Angeles Times reported Friday. Daimler, a division of […]

Consumer Prices Up 3 Percent In 2011

WASHINGTON, Jan. 19 (UPI) — The Consumer Price Index rose 3 percent in December from a year earlier, although prices remained flat from November, the U.S. Commerce Department said. Core prices, which exclude energy and food items, were up 2.2 percent on an annual basis after rising 0.1 percent in December and 0.2 percent in […]

Housing Starts Down Month-To-Month

WASHINGTON, Jan. 19 (UPI) — New home construction in the United States fell slightly in December compared with November, the Commerce Department said Thursday. Housing starts fell 4.1 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 657,000, compared with a downwardly revised figure for November of 685,000. The rate of privately owned housing starts in […]

Jobless Claims Down Sharply

WASHINGTON, Jan. 19 (UPI) — Initial unemployment claims dropped by 50,000 to a seasonally adjusted 352,000 for the week ending Jan. 14, the U.S. Labor Department said Thursday. The previous week’s upwardly revised figure was 402,000, the department said in a release. At 379,000, the four-week moving average held to less than 400,000 for the […]


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