Economic Conditions

Economic Conditions

World Set to End Year in Brittle Economic State

Factory activity is shrinking in China, euro zone business growth remains weak and emerging market giant Russia is in a spiraling currency crisis.
Retail

Solid U.S. Retail Sales Point to Firming Economic Recovery

Retailers nationwide reported a brisk jump in November sales and optimism about the holiday season.
Economic Conditions

Millionaires More Confident in U.S. Economy

There are several reasons why America's millionaires are an increasingly confident bunch.
Office Party

The Office Holiday Party Is Back, and That's a Good Sign for the Economy

Nine out of 10 companies plan to throw holiday parties in 2014, a survey shows, up from previous years.
Economic Conditions

Economists See Revved-Up Economy Next Year

In case you missed it, the U.S. economy is picking up speed.
Jobs

With Latest Jobs Report Beating Forecasts, Fed May Raise Interest Rates

U.S. employers added the largest number of workers in nearly three years in November and wage gains picked up.
Entrepreneur Mindset

Why Entrepreneurs Need to Be Optimistic About Uncertainty

The good thing about not being sure of anything, is that everything becomes possible.
Etiquette

Welcome Back to the Blow-Off Economy. Yay?

The economy is picking up again, and most businesses are on stronger ground. That usually leads to one thing.
Holiday Shopping

Lower Gas Prices Won't Save the Holiday Season

A drop under $3 per gallon probably isn't enough to offset the rising cost of food.
Economic Conditions

Wider U.S. Trade Deficit, Weak Exports Point to Slower Growth

Slowing global demand could undercut economic growth in the final three months of the year.
Politics

3 Reasons Why You Are 'Meh' About This Year's Midterm Elections

We get it. There's plenty of reasons to drive straight past the polls next week. But isn't voting important, no matter what?
Economic Conditions

Data Show U.S. Economy's Pulse Is Still Strong

A 14-year low on jobless claims reinforced expectations that slack in the labor market was being reduced.
News and Trends

Finland Blames Apple for Economic Problems

Finnish PM Alexander Stubb links the tech giant's success to the downfall of the country's major export industries.
Economic Conditions

The 5 Most Powerful Economic Empires of All Time

Over the course of human history, certain civilizations developed huge advantages against their rivals. In chronological order, here are the five most dominant economic empires the world has seen so far.
Economic Conditions

What Your 'Cheap Date' Says About the Global Economy

Deutsche Bank's Cheap Date Index found that London is among the most expensive cities, whereas Mumbai is the cheapest.