Latest U.S. Department of Commerce News

Surprise uptick in spending by Americans as delta spread

Sep. 16, 2021 10:53 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Americans continued to spend at a brisk pace last month in the face of rising COVID-19 infections, though much of it was done online and not at restaurants or other sectors in the U.S. economy beleaguered by the arrival of the delta variant. Retail...

Americans spent less in July as COVID-19 cases surged

Aug. 17, 2021 10:09 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Americans cut back on their spending last month as a surge in COVID-19 cases kept people away from stores. Retail sales fell a seasonal adjusted 1.1% in July from the month before, the U.S. Commerce Department said Tuesday. It was a much larger drop...

To the birds: Louisiana looks for best birding spots

Jul. 17, 2021 12:11 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The state of Louisiana is asking residents for the best places to go birdwatching. People have until Sept. 30 to submit nominations to be included in the redesigned Louisiana Birding Trails, the Office of Tourism said in a news release. The...

US retail sales rose 0.6% in June, better than decline seen

Jul. 16, 2021 12:33 PM EDT

Americans spent more last month on clothing, electronics and dining out as the economy opened up and pandemic-related restrictions were lifted. Retail sales rose a seasonal adjusted 0.6% in June from the month before, the U.S. Commerce Department said Friday. The...

China vows retaliation after US blacklists companies

Jul. 11, 2021 23:33 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China on Sunday said it will take “necessary measures” to respond to the U.S. blacklisting of Chinese companies over their alleged role in abuses of Uyghur people and other Muslim ethnic minorities. The Commerce Ministry said the U.S. move...