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Apr 2, 2016

U.S. job-seekers return at fastest pace since before recession

Americans are flooding back into the job market at the fastest pace since before the Great Recession, encouraged by steady hiring and some signs of higher pay. The flow has halted, at least temporarily, one of the economy’s more discouraging trends: the sharp decline ...

Japan's industrial output falls as weak exports sap demand

Mar 30, 2016

Japan's industrial output falls as weak exports sap demand

Japan’s industrial production dropped the most since the March 2011 earthquake as falling exports sapped demand and a steel-mill explosion halted domestic car production at Toyota Motor Corp. Output slumped 6.2 percent in February after rising in January, the trade ministry said on Wednesday. ...

Mar 23, 2016

Japan cuts economic assessment on weak consumer, business sentiment

The government on Wednesday downgraded its basic assessment of the national economy, citing weakening consumer and corporate sentiment due to turbulence in global financial markets and a slowdown in emerging economies. The world’s third-largest economy is “on a moderate recovery, while weakness can be ...

Mar 22, 2016

Supermarket sales rise for second straight month

Supermarket sales increased 3.4 percent in February from a year earlier on a same-store basis, an industry body said Tuesday. It was the second straight month of gain. Food sales rose 5.2 percent, aided by the growing popularity of prepared foods. Sales of household ...