Economic growth

In this April 15, 2019, photo, people cross the street in Tokyo. The Japanese government says the economy grew at an annual pace of 2.1% in the first quarter, marking the second straight quarter of expansion. The Cabinet Office said Monday, May 20, 2019, seasonally adjusted real gross domestic product, the total value of a nation’s goods and services, grew 0.5% in the January-March period from the previous quarter. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)
May 19, 2019 - 9:35 pm
TOKYO (AP) — Japan's economy grew at an annual pace of 2.1% in the first quarter, marking the second straight quarter of expansion, according to government data released Monday. The Cabinet Office said seasonally adjusted real gross domestic product, the total value of a nation's goods and services...
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In this undated photograph obtained by The Associated Press, a UAV-X drone flown by Yemen's Houthi rebels is seen in Hodeida, Yemen. A Yemen rebel drone strike this week, likely by UAV-Xs, on a critical Saudi oil pipeline shows that the otherwise-peaceful sandy reaches of the Arabian Peninsula now are at risk of similar assault, including an under-construction nuclear power plant and Dubai International Airport, among the world's busiest. (AP Photo)
May 17, 2019 - 12:56 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — A rare mix of geopolitical tensions in the Middle East and China is tugging oil prices in opposite directions and creating uncertainty over where they might land. Deteriorating trade talks between the United States and China, the world's two largest economies, are posing a serious...
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Customers shop at a toy store in Beijing, Wednesday, May 15, 2019. For many Americans, President Donald Trump's trade war may soon get very real. His administration is preparing to extend 25% tariffs to practically all Chinese imports not already hit with duties, including toys, sneakers, shirts, alarm clocks, toasters and coffeemakers. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
May 14, 2019 - 11:30 pm
BEIJING (AP) — China's factory output and consumer spending weakened in April as a tariff war with Washington intensified, adding to pressure on Beijing to shore up shaky economic growth. Wednesday's unexpectedly weak data prompted suggestions Beijing will needs to boost stimulus spending and bank...
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FILE - In this Thursday, April 11, 2019 file photo, protestor flags fly opposite the Houses of Parliament in London. The British economy is likely to weaken as firms stop ease up on Brexit preparations now that Britain’s departure from the European Union has been delayed by months, the Bank of England said Thursday, May 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein, File)
May 10, 2019 - 2:43 am
LONDON (AP) — The British economy expanded by a solid quarterly rate of 0.5% in the first three months of the year as firms geared up for the long-anticipated Brexit date. However, that boon is set to diminish in coming months and growth is expected to ease as the country hurtles toward its next...
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A man looks at his smartphone near a display showing stock prices at a brokerage house in Shanghai Monday, May 6, 2019. China's benchmark Shanghai Composite index dives on U.S. President Donald Trump threat of more China tariffs. At right is a reflection off a display board. (AP Photo)
May 07, 2019 - 3:09 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Heightened trade tensions between the United States and China are spooking financial markets and putting a chill on prospects for the global economy. Chinese officials are heading to Washington to try to salvage negotiations aimed at breaking an impasse between the world's two...
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A voter casts his ballot during general elections in Panama City, Sunday, May 5, 2019. Panamanians choose Sunday among seven mostly business-friendly presidential candidates to lead this Central American trade and financial hub for the next five years in a presidential election focusing on corruption and slowing economic growth. (AP Photo/Arnulfo Franco)
May 05, 2019 - 8:32 pm
PANAMA CITY (AP) — A cattleman held on to a narrow lead over a businessman late Sunday as returns came in from Panama's tightest presidential election in recent years, following a campaign that focused on corruption and slowing economic growth in this Central America trade and financial hub. The...
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FILE - In this March 7, 2019, photo visitors to the Pittsburgh veterans job fair meet with recruiters at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh. On Friday, May 3, the U.S. government issues the April jobs report. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)
May 03, 2019 - 8:40 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers added a robust 263,000 jobs in April, suggesting that businesses have shrugged off earlier concerns that the economy might slow this year and now anticipate strong customer demand. The unemployment rate fell to a five-decade low of 3.6% from 3.8%, though that drop...
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FILE- In this Jan. 28, 2019, file photo a container ship is unloaded at the Port of Oakland in Oakland, Calif. On Thursday, May 2, the Labor Department issues revised data on productivity in the first quarter. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)
May 02, 2019 - 5:59 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. productivity grew at a solid 3.6% rate in the first three months of this year, the strongest quarterly gain in more than four years and a hopeful sign that a long stretch of weak productivity gains may be coming to an end. The first quarter increase in productivity was more...
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May 02, 2019 - 5:18 am
LONDON (AP) — The British economy is likely to weaken as firms ease up on Brexit preparations now that the departure from the European Union has been delayed by months, the Bank of England said Thursday. In forecasts published alongside the unanimous decision to keep the main interest rate at 0.75...
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FILE - In this March 20, 2019, file photo federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell speaks during a news conference in Washington. On Wednesday, May 1, the Federal Reserve releases its latest monetary policy statement after a two-day meeting. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)
May 01, 2019 - 12:10 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Federal Reserve's monetary policy meeting (all times local): 3:05 p.m. Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell avoided commenting on some controversial views voiced by President Trump's pick for the Fed's Board of Governors, Stephen Moore. Powell was asked if...
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