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In this Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013, file photo, reusable shopping bags at a Wal-Mart in the Chinatown district of Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Nick Ut, File)
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Wal-Mart’s 4 Q results test investor patience

Wal-Mart is spending billions of dollars to pay its hourly workers more and spruce up its stores and online services. But its fourth-quarter results show that it'll take time to fix its business.

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Home Construction
In this Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016, photo, a "For Sale" sign hangs in front of a home under construction in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
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US housing starts fall in notably cold and snowy January

A sharp 12.8 percent decline in construction in the Midwest and a 3.7 dip in the Northeast propelled the broader decrease, with construction also falling in the South. It was nearly unchanged in the West.

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New Jersey municipalities focus on downtown development

Downtowns in New Jersey continue a resurgence that has been spurred partly by changing tastes, but also driven by economic reality.

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NABE Economy Survey
FILE - In this Sept. 15, 2015, file photo, an iron worker works on a building under construction in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)
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Business economists expect slower sales, economic growth

Business economists are more pessimistic about their firms' future sales and profits than they were last fall, and more predict slower economic growth, a survey found.

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Florida Congresswoman Holds Job Fair In Miami
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Warning signs on horizon as New Jersey’s economy grows

New Jersey's economy kicked into a higher gear in December as the unemployment rate tumbled to 5.1 percent, but uncertainty over public pensions and a fund to pay for road and bridge work threaten the state's credit rating, according to a pair of separate reports out Thursday.

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NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 07: Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on January 7, 2016 in New York City. Chinese stocks plunged on Thursday by more than 7 percent causing the Dow to drop over 200 points in morning trading. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on January 7, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
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China’s market turmoil: Worry, but don’t panic

China's tumbling stock prices are, in themselves, nothing for investors outside the country to panic over. But some of the reasons for the slide are plenty troubling.

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Florida Congresswoman Holds Job Fair In Miami
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Survey: US businesses add 257,000 jobs, most in a year

U.S. businesses stepped up hiring last month, led by solid gains in construction and retail, a private survey found.

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In this Friday, Sept. 18, 2015, photo, a worker carries a roll of sub flooring to be installed in a school bus on an assembly line at Blue Bird Corporation's manufacturing facility, in Fort Valley, Ga. The Institute for Supply Management, a trade group of purchasing managers, issues its index of manufacturing activity for December, on Monday, Jan. 4, 2016. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
In this Friday, Sept. 18, 2015, photo, a worker carries a roll of sub flooring to be installed in a school bus on an assembly line at Blue Bird Corporation's manufacturing facility, in Fort Valley, Ga. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
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Factory slumps in US and China heighten global economy fears

Fears escalated Monday that the global economy could struggle more than expected this year -- a prospect that contributed to a plunge in financial markets.

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US economy grew at 2 pct. rate over summer; a pickup is seen

The U.S. economy grew at a slightly slower pace over the summer than the government had previously estimated. Most economists foresee a slight acceleration in the current quarter and stronger growth in the first half of 2016.

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Burst of hiring: US employers added 271,000 jobs in October

U.S. hiring roared back in October after two weak months, with employers adding a robust 271,000 jobs and likely setting the stage for the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates next month.

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