december

SANAA, Yemen | Yemeni officials: UN envoy in front-line city of Hodeida

SANAA, Yemen  — The U.N. special envoy to Yemen visited on Friday the Red Sea port city of Hodeida in efforts to halt hostilities between a Saudi-led coalition and Yemen’s Shiite rebels there and lay the groundwork for restarting peace talks, officials said. Martin Griffiths met with several rebel officials during his short visit to … Continue reading SANAA, Yemen | Yemeni officials: UN envoy in front-line city of Hodeida

PHILADELPHIA | Eagles’ Carson Wentz still not medically cleared for contact

PHILADELPHIA— Carson Wentz still hasn’t been medically cleared for contact, though Eagles coach Doug Pederson won’t rule out the quarterback for the season opener against Atlanta on Thursday night. Pederson again told reporters in a testy exchange Sunday that he doesn’t want to publicly reveal whether Wentz or Nick Foles would be the starter when … Continue reading PHILADELPHIA | Eagles’ Carson Wentz still not medically cleared for contact

LOS ANGELES | Metal singer jailed in wife’s murder plot back with band

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A heavy metal singer convicted in a murder-for-hire plot to kill his estranged wife has reunited with his Grammy-nominated band and performed with the group in San Diego over the weekend. Tim Lambesis and his Christian-inspired band As I Lay Dying performed together Saturday for the first time since May 2013. … Continue reading LOS ANGELES | Metal singer jailed in wife’s murder plot back with band

US construction spending up 0.7 percent in December

WASHINGTON/February 01, 2018(AP)(STL.News)— Construction spending rose 0.7 percent in December to a record high. It was the fifth consecutive monthly gain with all major sectors showing modest increases. The Commerce Department said Thursday the December increase followed a 0.6 percent rise in November. It closed out a year in which construction spending rose 3.8 percent. … Continue reading US construction spending up 0.7 percent in December

6,000 Financial Jobs Added in December

Atlanta, GA /January 31, 2018 (STLRealEstate.News) –The financial industry added 6,000 jobs in December, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Economic Situation Report released on Friday, January 5, 2018. “The financial industry added almost as many jobs in December as November’s 7,000 jobs,“ said Jay Rollins, owner of FinancialJobsWeb.com, a leading career site specializing … Continue reading 6,000 Financial Jobs Added in December

US home construction tumbled 8.2 percent in December

WASHINGTON /January 30, 2018 (AP)(STLRealEstate.News) — Groundbreakings on new homes fell 8.2 percent in December, with builders ending 2017 by slowing down their construction of single-family houses. The Commerce Department said Thursday that the monthly decline put U.S. housing starts at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.19 million units. Almost all of the decrease … Continue reading US home construction tumbled 8.2 percent in December

US consumer spending up a solid 0.4 percent in December

WASHINGTON/January 29, 2018(AP)(STL.News)— Americans increased their spending 0.4 percent in December, a solid pace but slower than the big spending burst seen in November. The Commerce Department said Monday the spending gain followed a 0.8 percent surge in November. Incomes were up 0.4 percent, helped by a healthy rise in wages that reflects the fact … Continue reading US consumer spending up a solid 0.4 percent in December

US home sales tumbled 3.6 percent in December

WASHINGTON/January 24, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — U.S. home sales slid 3.6 percent in December, as rising prices and a declining number of available properties stifle purchases. The National Association of Realtors says sales of existing homes fell last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.57 million units. Despite the monthly setback, sales totaled 5.51 million in … Continue reading US home sales tumbled 3.6 percent in December

Redfin: 2017 Closed with Strong Home Price Growth, Up 7 Percent in December

SEATTLE/ Jan. 18, 2018 (STLRealEstate.News) — (NASDAQ: RDFN) — Home prices finished the year strong, up 6.8 percent in December from last year, according to Redfin (www.redfin.com), the next-generation real estate brokerage. The median sale price was $287,000 across the markets Redfin serves. Sales were down 2.8 percent ending a year of fluctuating sales growth. The number of … Continue reading Redfin: 2017 Closed with Strong Home Price Growth, Up 7 Percent in December

US industrial production rose 0.9 percent in December

WASHINGTON/January 17, 2018(AP)(STL.News)— The Federal Reserve says U.S. industrial production rose 0.9 percent in December, pulled higher by a surge in utility output, another sign of health for the American economy. Utility production shot up 5.6 percent last month, the most since March 2017, as a severe cold snap hit the East and Midwest at … Continue reading US industrial production rose 0.9 percent in December

2017 Closes Strong, Record High December Home Prices

DENVER/ Jan. 16, 2018 (STLRealEstate.News) — While sales dropped slightly from a year ago, December capped off a 2017 of record home prices, speedy sales and low inventory. To access the housing report infographic, visit: rem.ax/2cYFT50. The January RE/MAX National Housing Report shows the median home price rose 8.1% year-over-year, with 50 of the report’s 54 markets … Continue reading 2017 Closes Strong, Record High December Home Prices

China auto sales shrink in December, end year up 1.4 percent

BEIJING/January 12, 2018(AP)(STL.News)—China’s auto sales shrank in December and ended 2017 up a lacklustre 1.4 percent over a year earlier as the popularity of SUVs helped to offset falling demand for sedans, an industry group reported Friday. Last month’s purchases of SUVs, sedans and minivans in the biggest market by number of vehicles sold shrank … Continue reading China auto sales shrink in December, end year up 1.4 percent

China’s trade growth cools in December

BEIJING /January 11, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) —  China’s trade growth cooled in December in a possible sign of weaker global and domestic demand, but last year’s total exports rose 7.9 percent over 2016 while imports were up 15.9 percent. December exports rose 10.9 percent over a year earlier to $231.7 billion, down from the previous month’s … Continue reading China’s trade growth cools in December

A sad holiday tale from Barnes & Noble

NEW YORK/January 05, 2018(AP)(STL.News)— Shares of Barnes & Noble are tumbling to all-time lows after airing some ugly holiday sales numbers. The beleaguered bookseller said Friday that comparable-store sales slid 6.4 percent during the crucial nine-week period ending Dec. 30. Most retailers have strengthened digital operations and their sales have followed. At Barnes & Noble, … Continue reading A sad holiday tale from Barnes & Noble

Slower job growth in December does not alter the overall positive picture

NEW YORK/ Jan. 5, 2018 (STL.NEWS) — Employment increased by 148,000 jobs in December after increasing by 252,000 jobs in November. December’s job growth came well below expectations. Still, the overall labor market picture is brighter than this month’s figure suggests with average job growth exceeding 200,000 for the past three months and 170,000 for … Continue reading Slower job growth in December does not alter the overall positive picture

California: Hardly any snow but not in drought again, yet

PHILLIPS STATION, Calif./January 3, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) —The grassy brown Sierra meadow where California’s water managers gave the results of the winter’s first manual snowpack measurements Wednesday told the story — the drought-prone state is off to another unusually dry start in its vital winter rain and snow season. “We would like to have had more … Continue reading California: Hardly any snow but not in drought again, yet

US factory activity improved in December

WASHINGTON/January 03, 2018(AP)(STL.News)— U.S. manufacturers expanded at a faster pace in December, boosted by a sharp increase in new orders. The Institute for Supply Management says its manufacturing index rose to 59.7 last month from 58.2 in November. Any reading above 50 points to greater factory activity. Manufacturing has been expanding for the past 16 … Continue reading US factory activity improved in December

Hungary, Poland see anti-migration stance spreading in EU

BUDAPEST, Hungary/January 03, 2018(AP)(STL.News)— The prime ministers of Hungary and Poland say their countries’ anti-immigration policies are gaining strength within the 28-nation European Union. Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, making his first bilateral visit since assuming office in December, and his Hungarian counterpart, Viktor Orban, also highlighted the contributions made by their countries to Europe’s … Continue reading Hungary, Poland see anti-migration stance spreading in EU

US consumer confidence dips in December, remains strong

WASHINGTON/December 27, 2017 (AP)(STL.News) —   Americans were a bit less confident about this economy this month than they were in November, but their spirits remained high overall during the holiday shopping season. The Conference Board said Wednesday that its consumer confidence index dipped to 122.1 in December from a revised 128.6 in November. “Despite the … Continue reading US consumer confidence dips in December, remains strong

Rakuten Marketing Holiday Sales Data: December Revenues and Consumer Transactions Show Double-Digit Growth

SAN MATEO, Calif./ Dec. 22, 2017 (STL.NEWS) — Rakuten Marketing, a leading technology company that enables brands to increase sales through data-driven marketing, today reported year-over-year (YOY) holiday sales growth of 16 percent and consumer transactions growth of 19 percent for the period of December 1 – 15, 2017. The company also reported sales results … Continue reading Rakuten Marketing Holiday Sales Data: December Revenues and Consumer Transactions Show Double-Digit Growth

German business confidence falls in December

BERLIN  /December 19, 2017 (AP)(STL.NEWS) — A closely watched survey shows German business confidence is down in December, from a record high a month earlier. The Munich-based Ifo Institute said Tuesday its business climate indicator fell to 117.2 points from 117.6 points in November. The ebb in optimism was due to waning euphoria, with company … Continue reading German business confidence falls in December

MDC Invites Women to Free Waterfowl Clinic and Hunt December 9

Missouri Department of Conservation invites women to a free waterfowl Clinic & Hunt in Kirksville, MO December 9 KIRKSVILLE, MO/November 28, 2017 (STL.News) – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) invites women to a waterfowl hunting clinic 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 8, in Kirksville. Then, on Saturday, Dec. 9, participants will have … Continue reading MDC Invites Women to Free Waterfowl Clinic and Hunt December 9