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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits fell more than expected last week, suggesting that a sharp slowdown in job growth last month was probably an aberration.
A European Central Bank measure designed to stimulate the flagging eurozone economy has seen a low initial take-up by banks. The cheap loans for European banks have been designed to encourage lending to business.
WSJ's Jon Hilsenrath discusses the Federal Reserve's decision to hold steady on interest rates, as the central bank foresees a rate increase by early 2015.
U.S. home construction tumbled a worse-than-expected 14% in August, hurt by a sharp drop in multi-family homes and the latest sign that the housing sector's recovery remains slow.