Retail sales

US retail sales up a modest 0.3% in January

WASHINGTON — U.S. retail sales rose a modest 0.3% in January, a slight improvement over December, as unseasonably warm weather boosted sales at hardwa...
15:14 14 February 2022

How’s the economy? Fed increasingly turns to private data

WASHINGTON — About a year ago, Federal Reserve officials were nervous. Markets were cratering. Fear about a trade war was rising. The officials needed...
17:29 5 February 2022

Confident consumers lift US retail sales in December

WASHINGTON — U.S. retail sales rose at a solid pace last month, evidence that Americans were willing to spend during the winter holidays after a slugg...
13:45 16 January 2022

Asian shares rise after Wall Street rally on China reports

TOKYO — Asian shares rose Tuesday following a rally on Wall Street that sent the major indexes to record highs, cheered by surprisingly strong economi...
2:38 17 December 2021

Stocks rise on Wall Street as rally stretches to fourth day

NEW YORK — U.S. stocks rallied in morning trading on Monday, rising with European and several Asian markets after China reported surprisingly strong s...
16:06 16 December 2021

Online shoppers boost small business sales

SAN FRANCISCO — Shoppers, many of them using smartphones, spent $3.6 billion buying online from small businesses on Saturday.
19:15 1 December 2021

US retail sales rose a modest 0.3% in October

WASHINGTON — Americans stepped up their shopping last month, spending more online and buying more cars, evidence that consumers can still drive the ec...
13:55 15 November 2021