US manufacturing slows modestly; excess inventories a major concern

US manufacturing slows modestly;  excess inventories a major concern

Manufacturing index dips to 52.8 in July from 53.0 in June New orders contracting, supplier deliveries improving Price increases for inputs slowing; inventories piling up WASHINGTON, Aug 1 (Reuters) – US manufacturing activity slowed less than expected in July and there were signs that supply constraints are easing, with a measure of prices paid for … Read more

GLOBAL ECONOMY Factories squeezed by higher prices, weak demand

GLOBAL ECONOMY Factories squeezed by higher prices, weak demand

Staff work inside a non woven filter fabric factory, where the fabric is used to make surgical face masks, in Taoyuan, Taiwan, March 30, 2020. REUTERS/Ann Wang/File Photo Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register WASHINGTON/LONDON, Aug 1 (Reuters) – Factories across the United States, Europe and Asia struggled for momentum in July … Read more

China’s economic wobbles worsen as factory, property woes mount

China's economic wobbles worsen as factory, property woes mount

Employees wearing face masks work on a car seat assembly line at Yanfeng Adient factory in Shanghai, China, as the country is hit by an outbreak of a new coronavirus, February 24, 2020. REUTERS/Aly Song/File Photo Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register Factory activity slows in July vs June – Caixin survey … Read more

British PM candidate Sunak vows 20% income tax cut by 2029

British PM candidate Sunak vows 20% income tax cut by 2029

LONDON, July 31 (Reuters) – Rishi Sunak, trailing in the race to become Britain’s next prime minister, has vowed to slash the basic rate of income tax by 20% by 2029 in a potentially make-or-break throw of the dice by the former finance minister. Sunak, once seen as the favorite to replace Boris Johnson when … Read more

World stocks eye best month since late 2020, dollar slips

World stocks eye best month since late 2020, dollar slips

MSCI World index up 0.3%; nearly 6% for the month Dollar down 0.5% against a basket of major peers Markets bet US slowdown to temper rate tightening LONDON/SINGAPORE, July 29 (Reuters) – Global stocks rose on Friday, on course for their best month since late 2020 as traders bet a weakening US economy could slow … Read more

US teetering on brink of recession as GDP contracts in second quarter

US teetering on brink of recession as GDP contracts in second quarter

Second-quarter GDP decreases at 0.9% rate Inventories account for large decline in GDP Consumer spending slows; business investment contracts Weekly jobless claims fall 5,000 to 256,000 WASHINGTON, July 28 (Reuters) – The US economy unexpectedly contracted in the second quarter, with consumer spending growing at its slowest pace in two years and business spending declining, … Read more

Americans ‘so down’ about economy due to inflation, lack of $8K checks

Americans 'so down' about economy due to inflation, lack of $8K checks

WASHINGTON — Hours after insisting the US was not in a recession, President Biden appeared to change his tune Thursday, claiming that Americans feel “so down” about the state of the economy and that “there’s reason to be down” due to high inflation and the lack of generous COVID-19 aid. “I look at it, and … Read more

Wall St ends up sharply for 2nd day; Amazon.com, Apple jump after hours

Wall St rises on Microsoft, Alphabet earnings as Fed decision looms

US economy contracts in the second quarter Meta Platforms revenue drops for first time Ford shares gain after results Indexes: Dow up 1%, S&P 500 up 1.2%, Nasdaq up 1.1% NEW YORK, July 28 (Reuters) – US stocks on Thursday rallied for a second day, with all three major indexes ending up more than 1% … Read more

Fed to unveil another big rate hike as signs of economic slowdown grow

Fed to unveil another big rate hike as signs of economic slowdown grow

US Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell takes questions during a news conference following a two-day meeting of the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) in Washington, US, June 15, 2022. REUTERS/Elizabeth Frantz/File Photo Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register WASHINGTON, July 27 (Reuters) – With the Federal Reserve expected to hike its key … Read more

Wall Street falls as Walmart warning rattles retail sector

Wall Street closes lower as ad tech, social media stocks drop

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York City, US, July 21, 2022. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register Walmart cuts profit forecast, drags retailers McDonald’s up as sales, profit top estimates GE jumps on higher profit, Coca-Cola up on forecast raise Indexes … Read more