U.S. retail sales unexpectedly tumbled nearly 1 percent in December, the Commerce Department announced Wednesday, sending U.S. stock markets lower and leading at least one analyst to says it's time to pump the brakes on talk of a strong U.S. economic rebound in 2015.
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Average U.S. mortgage rates started the year by dipping to new lows, with the benchmark 30-year rate marking its lowest level since May 2013.
Throughout Barack Obama's presidency, Arizona has served as a symbol of the nation's real estate crisis and recovery.
The U.S. economy flexed its old muscles in 2014.
Falling gas and food costs pushed down overall U.S. wholesale prices last month, evidence that cheaper oil worldwide is limiting inflation.
One in five U.S. adults are so depressed about debt — not to mention drowning in it — that they think they're going to die still owing their creditors.
Average U.S. long-term mortgage rates edged higher this week after four weeks of declines, but they remained at historically low levels that could entice potential homebuyers.
It's the new career trade-off: Around the country, areas with the strongest job markets increasingly have some of the costliest homes. And areas with the most affordable homes lack a solid base of middle class jobs that attract workers.
Home ownership is increasingly out of reach in the hottest job markets, especially areas that are attracting younger workers.
The U.S. economy added a whopping 321,000 jobs in November -- far more than analysts had expected -- although the national jobless rate remained stuck at 5.8 percent, the Labor Department reported Friday.
The U.S. economy grew even faster in the third quarter than initially thought, posting the strongest six months of growth in more than a decade and pulling further ahead of other big economies of the world.
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