US trade representative Robert Lighthizer: hopes to complete negotiations by the end of 2017. Photograph: Reuters

The Trump administration on Thursday set the clock ticking towards a mid-August start of renegotiations of the North American Free Trade Agreement wit(...)

US housing starts dropped 2.6 per cent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.17 million units in April. Photograph: iStockPhoto

US housebuilding unexpectedly fell in April to the lowest level in five months amid persistent weakness in the construction of multi-family housing un(...)

US retail sales rose 0.4 per cent last month after a 0.1 per cent increase in the previous month. Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

A pickup in US retail sales last month adds to signs of steady consumer spending that will help propel the economy after a first-quarter slowdown, Com(...)

Donald Trump: he  attacked  weak GDP rates as an example of the Obama administration’s failed policies

The US economy turned in the weakest performance in three years in the January-March quarter as consumers sharply slowed their spending. The result r(...)

US president Donald Trump just before  signing an executive order on  trade in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC, March 31st, 2017. Photograph: Olivier Douliery/Bloomberg

US president Donald Trump has sought to push his crusade for fair trade and more manufacturing jobs back to the top of his agenda by ordering a study(...)

In addition to the $892m it agreed to pay in fines and penalties, another $300m could be imposed on ZTE if it does not comply with its agreement over the next seven years.

A Chinese telecoms group recently signed by Denis O’Brien’s Digicel to upgrade its network has pleaded guilty in a federal court in Texas for conspiri(...)

There is a bitter fight in the  White House between a hardline group including senior adviser Steve Bannon and Donald Trump trade adviser Peter Navarro against a faction led by Gary Cohn, the former Goldman Sachs executive who leads Mr Trump’s National Economic Council. Photograph: Getty

A civil war has broken out within the White House over trade, leading to what one official called “a fiery meeting” in the Oval Office pitting economi(...)

A vendor at her roadside stall in New York: data on Friday showed a dip in consumer sentiment in February

New US single-family home sales rose less than expected in January, likely hurt by flooding in California, but continued to point to a strengthening h(...)

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Dow and Nasdaq hit record highs

The Dow Jones Industrial Average and the Nasdaq Composite hit record levels at the open on Tuesday, while the S&P 500 was less than five points aw(...)

Photograph: iStock

US economic growth slowed more than forecast last quarter on the biggest drag from trade in six years and more moderate consumer spending. Business in(...)

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