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Autos, Restaurants Lead Rise in August Retail Sales

Auto buying drove U.S. retail sales higher in August, a possible sign that job growth in recent months has led to accelerated consumer spending. Spending also picked up at restaurants and home furnishing stores.


U.S. Retail Sales Hit Fastest Pace in 4 Months

U.S. retail sales increased in August at the fastest pace since April, asserting a strong economic outlook for the second half of the year.


How to Save a Small Business From Cyberattack

At a recent hacker lab event, white-hat hackers revealed how cybercriminals work, and showed what small businesses can do to protect themselves.


Mass. May Be Next State to Require Sick Days

For smaller businesses, workers would have the right to take unpaid time off while sick, while companies with more than 10 full-time employees would be required to pay for sick time.


U.S. Unemployment Claims Rise Modestly in Week

More people sought U.S. unemployment benefits last week, the most since June, but the average remained 7.1 percent lower than it was a year ago.


First-time Weekly Jobless Claims Rise by 11,000 in U.S.

The number of people who filed for unemployment assistance in the U.S. last week rose unexpectedly to hit a ten-week high, dampening optimism over the strength of the labor market, official data showed on Thursday.


Paid Sick Days Mandated for Millions of Workers

Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday signed legislation brought by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez that will require most California employers next year to provide paid sick days for millions of workers.


Capital One Is Banking on Growth of Small Businesses

Enterprise owners are reporting better earnings and reinvesting in their businesses, and that's translating into a rebound in loan demand, says the head of small-business banking at Capital One bank.


Global Stocks Still Down After 2 Days of Losses

Global stocks sank Wednesday under the weight of worries about the possible timing of a U.S. rate hike, economic weakness in China and an impending referendum on Scottish independence.


Small Business Index Reaches 3-month High

The National Federation of Independent Business index of small business optimism rose to a three-month high in August, fueling optimism over the health of the economy, official data showed on Tuesday.


U.S. Workers' Pay Keeps Just Ahead of Inflation

Among more than 32,000 employees who participated in a Towers Watson survey, just 50 percent believe they were as fairly compensated as their peers, and just 40 percent see clear links between pay and performance.


World Economic Forecast Ranges From Dim to Gloomy

In a survey of 48,643 people in 44 countries, the Pew Research Center found that 60 percent say their own country's economy is performing poorly.


U.S. Job Openings Remain Near 13-year High

The number of U.S. job openings remained near the highest level in 13 years in July, and companies also stepped up hiring that month to the fastest pace in nearly seven years, two signs the job market is slowly healing.


Job Market's Lingering Weak Spot: Stagnant Wages

The U.S. job market has steadily improved by nearly every gauge except the one Americans care about the most: Decent pay.


E.U. Upping Russia Sanctions Despite Threat

The European Union's newest sanctions on Russia will take effect Tuesday despite threats of retaliation by Russia, including denial of airspace to airlines.


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