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Women Drive Recovery, But Dissed By Retail

Biz approach to females: take 'a male product and paint it pink'

(Newser) - Women who shop til they drop are stimulating the economy more than any Ben Bernanke, but the planet's greatest spending bloc feels dissed by retailers and service providers. Women control $20 trillion in annual consumer spending in the world—a figure likely to climb to $28 trillion by 2014. Despite... More »

Dow Up 112 Ahead of 3Q Earnings

September strength in service sector gives stocks a boost

(Newser) - Stocks surged to gains late in the session today, as traders placed bets ahead of the third-quarter earnings season. Alcoa, which is expected to report a strong quarter, gained 4.6%. The ISM reported an upturn in the service sector in September—its index rose to 50.9, with a... More »

Economy Worsens, No Relief 'til Late '09: Beige Book

Fed sees no turnaround until late '09, early '10

(Newser) - The Fed predicted more pain for the US economy in today's “Beige Book” report, with a turnaround not expected until late 2009 or early 2010, the Wall Street Journal reports. “National economic conditions deteriorated further,” across January and February, the Fed said. In a distressing turn, the... More »

Dow Rises 173 in Volatile Day

Fed's beige book reports economic contraction

(Newser) - Stocks pulled higher again today after a roller coaster day that saw the Dow swing temporarily into triple-digit losses, the Wall Street Journal reports. Despite dour data on the economy, stocks rose ahead of a November jobs report, due Friday, that is expected to report large losses. The Dow gained... More »

Jobless Claims Hit 2-Year High

End-of-March increase way over expectations

(Newser) - New unemployment claims increased to a two-year high last week, the Wall Street Journal reports. A total of 407,000 Americans filed for jobless benefits, an increase of 38,000 over the previous week and the most since 2005. The surge in claims far surpassed the outlook of economists in... More »

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