There was a 3.5 percent increase in the number of "pending" home sales in November from October, the National Association of Realtors just reported.Those are home sales where a deal has been signed, but not yet closed.
The number of people filing first-time claims for jobless benefits fell by 34,000 last week, to a seasonally adjusted 388,000, the Employment and Training Administration just reported.The Associated Press calls that a sharp decline and says it's a "positive sign that the job market is slowly improvi
The best thing that can be said about car sales this year is that they were better than in 2009 -- the worst year for auto sales in three decades.Roughly 11.5 million Americans bought a new car in 2010, up from 10.4 million last year.
American consumers sent out decidedly contradictory signals Tuesday, spending more in December while telling researchers they were less confident about the economy.After showing a slight improvement in November, the Conference Board's index of consumer confidence dropped to 52.5 in December.
Chicago-area home prices fell 2.0 percent from September to October and posted the steepest year-over-year decline of any big city in the nation, according to a report Tuesday from the S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices.