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Virus Clobbers Retail Sales, US Factories

Both industries see record drops

(Newser) - US retail sales tumbled by a record 16.4% from March to April as business shutdowns caused by the coronavirus kept shoppers away, per the AP . The Commerce Department’s report Friday on retail purchases showed a sector that has collapsed so quickly that sales over the past 12 months... More »

Rolls-Royce Hires in—Get This— High-Wage Countries

Industrial giant ignores wisdom of rivals

(Newser) - The British industrial behemoth Rolls-Royce is increasing its revenue by way of an unorthodox strategy: moving operations into high-wage countries with highly skilled workers. The plan contradicts the wisdom of rivals, who are moving production into low-wage areas in Asia and Latin America, reports the Wall Street Journal . The tactic... More »

Dow Up 108 to 2009 High

GE, financials gain; Fed shows industrial activity up for August

(Newser) - Stocks rallied today, with all three major indices hitting their highest levels of the year, the Wall Street Journal reports. GE surged 5.69%, AmEx 3.06%, and BofA 2.80% on good data: Industrial production gained 0.8% in August, and the Labor Department’s consumer-price index rose 0.... More »

Dow Off 107 on Weak Data

More poor manufacturing news saps stocks

(Newser) - Stocks fell further today as markets absorbed more poor economic data, the Wall Street Journal reports. National industrial production fell 1.1% in May, the Federal Reserve announced. The Dow Jones producer-price index rose only 0.2% in May, short of the expected 0.6% increase. The Dow lost 107.... More »

Manufacturing Stats Send Dow Down 187

Manufacturing, housing demand reports disappoint

(Newser) - Stocks fell today as a sharp monthly decline in the New York Fed’s manufacturing index hammered the materials, industrial, and energy sectors, the Wall Street Journal reports. Alcoa fell 6.3%, with Caterpillar, John Deere, and GE also down. In housing, the National Association of Home Builders’ index of... More »

Dow Off 156 as Rally Slows

(Newser) - Stocks were down today on continued sluggishness from hard-hit areas like financials, industry, and energy, the Wall Street Journal reports. Though the improving market has led to an influx of cash from investors, key indices for transportation and industry have lagged. The Dow was down 155.88, to 8,418.... More »

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