The US commerce department said imports rose by $2.2 billion in November

A drop in US exports last month pushed the country’s trade deficit in goods higher while the number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits fell(...)

New US single-family home sales rose more than forecast to a four-month high in November. Photograph: Frederic J Brown/AFP/Getty

New US single-family home sales rose more than forecast to a four-month high in November, possibly because expectations of higher mortgage rates drew (...)

A company representative speaks with a job seeker during a career fair. US unemployment benefit claims have  been below 300,000, a threshold associated with a healthy labour market, for 90 straight weeks. Photograph: Mike Kane/Bloomberg

The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits rose from a 43-year low last week, but remained below a level that is consistent with a tight(...)

US president-elect Donald Trump  points to investor Wilbur Ross at  Trump International Golf Club in  New Jersey on Sunday. Photograph: Peter Foley/EPA

US president-elect Donald Trump said he has “made a couple of deals” after spending the weekend meeting a long list of candidates for government posts(...)

Consumer spending still supported the economy in the third quarter, even as the pace slowed from the second quarter’s robust 4.3 per cent rate

The US economy grew at its fastest pace in two years in the third quarter as a surge in exports and a rebound in inventory investment offset a slowdow(...)

Cargo containers at the Port of Los Angeles

The US trade deficit fell more than expected in July as exports rose to their highest level in 10 months, offering further evidence that economic grow(...)

Consumer spending is being driven by a tightening labour market, which is steadily lifting wages

US consumer spending increased for a fourth straight month in July amid strong demand for automobiles, pointing to a pickup in economic growth that co(...)

While the second-quarter’s robust pace of consumer spending will probably not be sustained, economists are optimistic that spending will remain solid. Photograph: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

US consumer spending rose more than expected in June as households bought a range of goods and services, suggesting consumption will likely remain str(...)

US housing starts rose more than expected in June as construction activity increased broadly, but a downward revision to the prior month’s data pointe(...)

US retail sales in April recorded their biggest increase in a year as Americans stepped up purchases of cars and a range of other goods, suggesting th(...)

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