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US consumer confidence lags as 2023 gets under way

Jan. 31, 2023 10:35 AM EST

American consumers are kicking off 2023 a bit less confident than they were at the end of last year as inflation and the possibility of a recession loom. The Conference Board reported Tuesday that its consumer confidence index slipped to a still-optimistic 107.1 in January, down from...

Asian shares fall in muted trading ahead of Fed meeting

Jan. 30, 2023 23:05 PM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares mostly fell in muted trading Tuesday as investors awaited decisions on interest rates and earnings reports from around the world. Traders were awaiting the U.S. Federal Reserve’s decision on interest rates, expected on Wednesday. They are also watching...

Louisiana special session to tackle insurance crisis begins

Jan. 30, 2023 17:58 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — As insurers in Louisiana flee the state and residents face exorbitant, and in some cases unaffordable, property insurance costs lawmakers returned to the Capitol Monday for a special legislative session to address the ongoing crisis. In a state decimated by...

Qatar replaces Russian company in Lebanon gas exploration

Jan. 29, 2023 07:33 AM EST

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon, two international oil giants and state-owned oil and gas company Qatar Energy signed an agreement Sunday that the Qatari firm will join a consortium that will search for gas in the Mediterranean Sea off Lebanon’s coast. The deal inked in Beirut brings Qatar...

Lots of sound and fury on US debt, but not a crisis — yet

Jan. 28, 2023 15:59 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — For all the sound and fury about raising the nation's debt limit, most economists say federal borrowing is not at a crisis point ... at least not yet. The national debt is at the core of a dispute about how to raise the government's legal borrowing authority, a...

Flights canceled as UK airline Flybe sinks into bankruptcy

Jan. 28, 2023 05:48 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Struggling U.K. regional airline Flybe collapsed for the second time in three years Saturday, putting jobs on the line and leaving passengers stranded. The airline initially slumped into bankruptcy in March 2020, shedding 2,400 jobs, as coronavirus restrictions...

US inflation and consumer spending cooled in December

Jan. 27, 2023 11:32 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve's preferred inflation gauge eased further in December, and consumer spending fell — the latest evidence that the Fed's series of interest rate hikes are slowing the economy. Friday’s report from the Commerce Department showed that prices...

Asian shares edge higher, tracking Wall Street rally

Jan. 26, 2023 22:32 PM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares advanced Friday, tracking a rally on Wall Street following reports suggesting the economy and corporate profits may be doing better than feared. In Tokyo, data showed the core consumer price index was up 4.3%, slightly higher than expected at 4.2%, and...

Bed Bath & Beyond says it's in default on its loans

Jan. 26, 2023 16:36 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Bed Bath & Beyond said Thursday that it's in default on its loans and doesn't have sufficient funds to repay what it owes. The home goods chain said in a Securities and Exchange Commission filing that the default would force it to consider alternatives including...

US economy slowed but still grew at 2.9% rate last quarter

Jan. 26, 2023 16:11 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy expanded at a 2.9% annual pace from October through December, ending 2022 with momentum despite the pressure of high interest rates and widespread fears of a looming recession. Thursday’s estimate from the Commerce Department showed that the...