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Asian shares mostly decline on global technology downturn

Aug. 08, 2022 23:57 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares mostly declined Tuesday amid a global fall in technology shares, including Japan's SoftBank, which has reported hefty losses caused by the market downturn. Such worries are coming on top of concerns about inflation and what central banks might do to curb...

'What recession?': US employers add 528,000 jobs in July

Aug. 05, 2022 16:26 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers added an astonishing 528,000 jobs last month despite flashing warning signs of an economic downturn, easing fears of a recession and handing President Joe Biden some good news heading into the midterm elections. Unemployment dropped another notch,...

EXPLAINER: How do we know when a recession has begun?

Aug. 05, 2022 14:54 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Whether the U.S. economy is heading for a recession got more difficult to answer Friday, when a report showed employers hired hundreds of thousands more workers last month than expected. The stunning strength made clear that a linchpin of the economy remains...

5 key takeaways from the July jobs report

Aug. 05, 2022 13:39 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — July's jobs report was a stunner, in more ways than one. Despite raging inflation and anxiety about a possible recession, employers created 528,000 jobs last month, more than double market expectations. That's the fastest pace of hiring since February. While the...

India raises interest rate to 5.4%, in 3rd hike since May

Aug. 05, 2022 05:26 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — India’s central bank on Friday raised its key interest rate by 50 basis points to 5.4% in its third such hike since May as it focuses on containing inflation. Reserve Bank of India Governor Shaktikanta Das projected inflation at 6.7% in this financial year. June...

Employment market shows signs of cooling amid rate hikes

Aug. 04, 2022 10:06 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The employment market appears to have lost some of its sizzle, a development that could influence Federal Reserve policy and further raise concerns about an economic recession among investors. Job openings have been edging lower since April as rising inflation...

Editorial Roundup: United States

Aug. 03, 2022 13:58 PM EDT

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: July 30 The Washington Post on U.S. accepting Ukrainian immigrants The United States has now met President Biden’s goal, announced in March, to legally admit “up to” 100,000...

Inflation in Turkey rises to nearly 80%, hitting consumers

Aug. 03, 2022 06:18 AM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Annual inflation in Turkey soared to nearly 80% in July, official data showed Wednesday, with skyrocketing food, housing and energy prices hitting consumers hard. The Turkish Statistical Institute said consumer prices rose by 79.6% from a year earlier, up about 1...

Stocks start August with slide after best month since 2020

Aug. 02, 2022 03:07 AM EDT

Stocks on Wall Street gave up early gains and closed slightly lower Monday as investors began another busy week of company earnings and economic reports. The S&P 500 gave up an early gain to end down 0.3%. The Dow Jones Industrial Average dipped 0.1% and the Nasdaq fell 0.2%....

Australian central bank hikes rate to 6-year high 1.85%

Aug. 02, 2022 02:07 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s central bank on Tuesday boosted its benchmark interest rate for a fourth consecutive month to a six-year high of 1.85%. The Reserve Bank of Australia’s decision was the cash rate’s third consecutive hike of half a percentage point. ...