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New-home sales tank in 2011

Dec 23, 2011
This year may go on record as the worst for new-home sales since anyone started keeping record.
Posted In: home sales, construction, interest rates

Super-yacht super sale

Dec 22, 2011
In trying economic times, even the mega-wealthy downsize and bargain-shop.
Posted In: the wealthy, Economy

Commuters turn to buses

Dec 21, 2011
In an age of sky-high travel costs, long-haul commuters looking for an alternative are rediscovering the bus.
Posted In: gas prices, buses, bus, commute, Transportation

Wheat up, Wheaties down

Dec 20, 2011
Food giant General Mills today announced lower than expected profits, blaming costs of volatile commodities.
Posted In: breakfast, commodities, cereal

Crime down, FBI says

Dec 19, 2011
According to the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report, wrongdoing continues to drop.
Posted In: Crime, FBI

Good news on inflation

Dec 16, 2011
Lower energy costs kept November's Consumer Price Index flat, a good sign for the U.S. economy.
Posted In: food prices, gas prices, consumer prices, Labor Department

Chase clarifies checking account fees

Dec 15, 2011
Three banks unveil a new three-page checking account guide. Experts hope a new era of simplified disclosure will follow.
Posted In: bank regulations, checking account, Chase, fees, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

New survey: CEOs aren't hiring

Dec 14, 2011
In a recent survey, two-thirds of CEOs of big U.S. companies indicated they won’t be adding jobs for the next six months.
Posted In: business roundtable, hiring, Jobs

Despite reports, odds still stacked against job seekers

Dec 13, 2011
A recent report from the Department of Labor has job listings up sharply over two years prior, but with unemployment at 8.6 percent, job openings are not plentiful.
Posted In: jobs report, Labor Department, Unemployment

Farmers make hay while the sun shines

Dec 12, 2011
According to the Department of Agriculture, U.S. farmers will see record profits of $100 billion this year.
Posted In: farming, ethanol

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Attitude Check is a regular segement from Marketplace and Gallup Editor in Chief Frank M. Newport public opinion of the economy on issues from income to politics to consumer confidence with data, insight, and expert commentary.