WASHINGTON - Strong stock market gains and higher home prices boosted Americans' net worth in the April-June period to a record high, a trend that could encourage more spending.
FRANKFURT (Reuters) - European Central Bank Executive Board member Peter Praet warned on Thursday against reading too much into the low take-up of the first round of four-year ECB loans, stressing that they are part of a broader policy package.
WASHINGTON�The number of new applications for unemployment benefits dropped last week to their second-lowest level in 14 years, the latest indication layoffs are trending lower amid generally improving economic conditions.
Construction of new homes in August dropped below their pumped-up July levels, but continued to trend upwards year-over-year, data released Thursday by the U.S.
Ireland's economy is growing at a rapid pace last experienced at the tail-end of the Celtic Tiger boom, government statisticians reported Thursday as economists declared that the country's debt crisis was dead and buried.