Economic Conditions

News and Articles About Economic Conditions

Small-Business Confidence Levels Rise, But Not Fast Enough
Growth Strategies

Small-Business Confidence Levels Rise, But Not Fast Enough

Small-business owners are marginally more confident than they have been, but their optimism remains below historic norms, a new report finds.
Ray Hennessey
Finance

Consumer Spending Flat for Last Three Months: Poll

Despite other economic data to the contrary, U.S. consumer spending may not be as healthy as some believe.
Ray Hennessey
Growth Strategies

Startups Creating Fewer Jobs -- Not a Problem

The decline in new jobs created by small businesses could be a good thing. Here's why.
Scott Shane
The Case for Shopping Local (Infographic)
Marketing

The Case for Shopping Local (Infographic)

How redirecting even 10 percent of consumer spending from chains to local small businesses can boost local economies and create jobs.
Kathleen Davis
Business Owners More Optimistic About U.S. Economy
Growth Strategies

Business Owners More Optimistic About U.S. Economy

The latest survey of private-company executives by PricewaterhouseCoopers shows that almost two-thirds of U.S. business owners consider the U.S. economy growing.
Catherine Clifford
Finance

Economists Optimistic Even As Sales Growth Slows

A group of economists believe that U.S. economic growth is stable despite sales growth slowing in the second quarter, according to a new report.
Ray Hennessey
Many Believe China Will Soon Overtake the U.S. as World's Leading Superpower
Growth Strategies

Many Believe China Will Soon Overtake the U.S. as World's Leading Superpower

A report from the Pew Research Center shows that many people across the world see China as on its way to becoming the dominant global superpower.
Catherine Clifford
Finance

Rising Gas Prices Fuel a Jump in U.S. Consumer Costs

Gasoline prices in June rose by their highest rate in four months, fueling an overall rise in U.S. consumer prices.
Entrepreneur Staff
Modest Rise in Retail Sales Could Signal Slowdown in U.S. Economy
Growth Strategies

Modest Rise in Retail Sales Could Signal Slowdown in U.S. Economy

Retail sales rose less than expected in June, the latest sign of sluggish economic growth.
Lucia Mutikani
Entrepreneurs Make Most of New Freedom in Cuba
Starting a Business

Entrepreneurs Make Most of New Freedom in Cuba

The growing nest of small businesses in Cuba could be a sign of a society less dependent on the state.
Michelle Caruso-Cabrera
UPS Cuts Guidance, Troubling Sign for U.S. Economy
Growth Strategies

UPS Cuts Guidance, Troubling Sign for U.S. Economy

The shipping giant has sharply lowered its financial guidance, suggesting that signs of pickup in the U.S. economy might be overblown.
Entrepreneur Staff
South Dakota Tops List of America's Best States for Business
Starting a Business

South Dakota Tops List of America's Best States for Business

The Mount Rushmore State ranks as the top state for business in 2013, according to a CNBC analysis.
Scott Cohn
Starting a Business

The World's Most Innovative Countries

Switzerland, Sweden and the U.K. top the Global Innovation Index for 2013.
Catherine Clifford
Growth Strategies

Jobs Growth Stronger Than Expected, Unemployment Holds Steady

Multiple reports released this week signal greener pastures ahead for the labor market.
Cheryl Winokur Munk