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Retailers Banking On Procrastinators

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 23 (UPI) — The last days of shopping before Christmas are expected to feature discounts and extended shopping hours, several large U.S. retailers said. Toys R Us is setting the pace by keeping its stores open nationwide around the clock in a retail version of survival, The Los Angeles Times reported Friday. […]

Air Jordans Rock Retailers, Police Called

INDIANAPOLIS, Dec. 23 (UPI) — A late holiday season release of Air Jordan 11 Retro Concord sneakers was met with chaos in Indianapolis, a police spokeswoman said. “I don’t remember anything like this in the recent past at all, definitely not with the iPhone or anything like that,” said Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department spokeswoman Linda […]

First-Time Jobless Claims Drop By 4,000

WASHINGTON, Dec. 22 (UPI) — Initial unemployment claims fell 4,000 to a seasonally adjusted 364,000 for the week ending Dec. 17, the U.S. Labor Department said Thursday. The previous week’s revised figure was 368,000, the department said in a release. At 380,250, the four-week moving average held under 400,000 for the sixth consecutive week. The […]

Mortgage Rates Match Or Set Record Lows

WASHINGTON, Dec. 22 (UPI) — The average fixed mortgage rates hit or matched all-time U.S. lows, Freddie Mac said Thursday. The 30-year fixed rate of 3.91 percent set a record low, while the 15-year fixed rate of 3.21 percent matched last week’s record low, the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp.’s Primary Mortgage Market Survey for […]

Federal Home Price Index Down In October

WASHINGTON, Dec. 22 (UPI) — U.S. home prices fell 0.2 percent in October compared with September, the Federal Housing Finance Agency said Thursday. Home prices are down 2.8 percent from October 2010 and down 19.2 percent from the peak of April 2007, the agency said. Of the nine districts tracked, prices in New England fell […]

Leading Indicators Rise In November

NEW YORK, Dec. 22 (UPI) — The U.S. index of leading economic indicators rose 0.5 percent in November, the Conference Board said Thursday. The Leading Economic Index, which has risen for the past six months, climbed 0.3 percent in August and 0.1 percent in September. In October it jumped 0.9 percent to 117.4. In November […]

Chicago Sun-Times Sold

CHICAGO, Dec. 22 (UPI) — Private investors have purchased Chicago’s tabloid daily newspaper the Sun-Times, the parent company’s chairman has confirmed. Sun-Times Media Chairman Jeremy Halbreich said the newspaper was bought by a group led by former Newsday publisher and chief executive officer Timothy Knight and Chicago businessman Michael Ferro Jr., the Chicago Tribune reported […]

U.S. Navy Receives New Ship

PASCAGOULA, Miss., Dec. 21 (UPI) — The amphibious transport dock USS San Diego has been officially transferred to the U.S. Navy by Huntington Ingalls Industries Inc. The handover of the ship, the sixth amphibious transport dock by Ingalls Shipbuilding, took place Monday during a ceremony at company facilities in Pascagoula, Miss. “This delivery exemplifies the […]

Existing Home Sales Rise

WASHINGTON, Dec. 21 (UPI) — Sales of existing homes rose 4 percent from October to November to hit a 10-month high, the National Association of Realtors said Wednesday. Existing home sales in November came in at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.42 million, up from 4.25 million in October. Sales are 34 percent above […]

Mortgage Activity Slides With Rates Down

WASHINGTON, Dec. 21 (UPI) — The Mortgage Bankers Association said U.S. mortgage activity fell in the week ended Friday with long-term mortgage interest rates also dropping. Interest rates for 30-year, fixed-rate conforming mortgages fell from 4.12 percent to 4.08 percent with points rising from 0.45 to 0.49, the trade group said. Rates for 15-year, fixed-rate […]


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