U.S. Business Inventories-Historical

TODAY: Sept. 20, 2014 PUB DATE: July 17, 2014

Seasonally adjusted inventories and sales in millions of dollars. R denotes revision. Source: U.S. Commerce Department. -TOTAL INVENTORIES- -BUSINESS SALES- -INVTY/ Mo Ago Yr Ago Mo Ago Yr Ago SALES- Level % chg % chg : Level % chg % ...

U.S. Retail Sales-Historical

TODAY: Sept. 20, 2014 PUB DATE: July 17, 2014

Seasonally adjusted, except Y-T-D, and annual which is not seasonally adjusted. Retail sales in millions of dollars. M-O-M denotes month-over-month. Y-O-Y denotes year-over-year. Source: U.S. Commerce Department. --Retail Sales-- --Retail Sales, Ex-Auto-- M-O-M Y-O-Y M-O-M Y-O-Y Month Level % chg ...

South Africa Raises Interest Rates

TODAY: Sept. 20, 2014 PUB DATE: July 17, 2014

PRETORIA--South Africa's central bank on Thursday made good on a longstanding pledge to raise interest rates, as concerns over inflation trumped the urge to support growth in a chronically weak economy. The South African Reserve Bank raised its key rate ...

Russia June Retail Sales Growth at Lowest Level Since Early 2010

TODAY: Sept. 20, 2014 PUB DATE: July 17, 2014

By Andrey Ostroukh MOSCOW--Russia's retail sales, a key driver of the economy, grew at their slowest pace since early 2010 in June, while investment activity was higher than expected, data showed Thursday. The Russian economy, hit by sanctions-driven capital flight, ...

Small Gain Expected in Consumer Sentiment -- Data Week Ahead

TODAY: Sept. 20, 2014 PUB DATE: July 17, 2014

The following are forecasts for this week's remaining data from a survey compiled Friday and Monday. DATE TIME RELEASE PERIOD CONSENSUS PREVIOUS (ET) Friday 0955 Reuters/UMich Consumer Sentiment (prelim) Jul 83.0 (22) 82.5* 1000 Leading Index Jun +0.5%(19) +0.5% *Final ...

Russian Markets Hit By Fresh U.S. Sanctions -- 2nd Update

TODAY: Sept. 20, 2014 PUB DATE: July 17, 2014

By Tommy Stubbington and Andrey Ostroukh A fresh round of U.S. sanctions once again ripped into Russia's markets, with stocks, bonds and the ruble taking a hit. The new restrictions, which target Russian state-controlled oil giant OAO Rosneft and other ...

U.S. Treasurys Rally Drags 10-Year Below 2.5%

TODAY: Sept. 20, 2014 PUB DATE: July 17, 2014

By Cynthia Lin U.S. Treasury prices rallied Thursday as worries about a choppy economic recovery and geopolitical tensions led investors to safer assets, dragging the 10-year yield back below 2.5%. In afternoon trading, benchmark 10-year notes gained 22/32 in price ...

U.S. Treasurys Rally Drags 10-Year Below 2.5%

TODAY: Sept. 20, 2014 PUB DATE: July 17, 2014

By Cynthia Lin U.S. Treasury prices rallied Thursday as worries about a choppy economic recovery and reports that a Malaysia Airlines passenger jet crashed led investors to safer assets, dragging the 10-year yield back below 2.5%. In midday trading, benchmark ...

China 2Q GDP Expands 7.5% -- Update

TODAY: Sept. 20, 2014 PUB DATE: July 17, 2014

By Mark Magnier BEIJING--A rebound in second-quarter growth is stabilizing China's economy for now but causing some economists to question whether the government's reliance on piecemeal stimulus measures is delaying needed reforms and piling up more bad debt. Economists said ...

CURRENCIES: Yen Higher Vs. Rivals As Euro-area Bonds Fall

TODAY: Sept. 20, 2014 PUB DATE: July 17, 2014

By Hiroyuki Kachi The yen was higher against major currencies in Asian trading Thursday, hitting a five-and-a-half month high against the euro as bond yields fell in the euro-zone and the U.S. As of 04:50 GMT, the euro (EURJPY) was ...

Hong Kong April-June Unemployment Rate 3.2%; Expected 3.1%

TODAY: Sept. 20, 2014 PUB DATE: July 17, 2014

By Chester Yung HONG KONG--Hong Kong's unemployment rate rose to 3.2% in the three-month period ended June, as the increase in total employment didn't keep pace with the rise in those who were unemployed, the Census and Statistics Department said ...

Euro-Zone Construction Declined in May

TODAY: Sept. 20, 2014 PUB DATE: July 17, 2014

By Paul Hannon Construction across the 18 countries that share the euro fell in May, another sign that the currency area's economic recovery remains weak. The European Union's statistics agency also confirmed Thursday that the annual rate of inflation remained ...

Russia Reacts Angrily to U.S. Sanctions

TODAY: Sept. 20, 2014 PUB DATE: July 17, 2014

MOSCOW--Russia reacted angrily on Thursday to a new round of U.S. sanctions, calling the penalties blackmail and warning it has a right to retaliate. The White House escalated its sanctions Wednesday against Russia over the conflict in Ukraine and imposed ...

Major International Firms Warn About Rising Hungarian State Ownership

TODAY: Sept. 20, 2014 PUB DATE: July 17, 2014

By Veronika Gulyas BUDAPEST--Major international companies warned of the limitations of state ownership amid the Hungarian government's policy of boosting its stake in sectors such as energy and utilities. Heads of international firms at a conference organized by the Hungarian ...

U.S. Housing Starts Sink 9.3% In June

TODAY: Sept. 20, 2014 PUB DATE: July 17, 2014

WASHINGTON--U.S. home construction fell 9.3% in June, a surprising sign of weakness for a sector that has struggled to maintain momentum over the past year. Housing starts sank last month to a seasonally adjusted annual pace of 893,000, the weakest ...

U.S. Jobless Claims Fell Last Week

TODAY: Sept. 20, 2014 PUB DATE: July 17, 2014

By Jonathan House and Alan Zibel WASHINGTON-New applications for unemployment benefits fell last week, a fresh sign of an improving labor market. Initial claims for jobless aid decreased by 3,000 to a seasonally adjusted 302,000 in the week ended July ...

Exor Spokesman Denies Fiat in Takeover Talks With VW

TODAY: Sept. 20, 2014 PUB DATE: July 17, 2014

By Eric Sylvers MILAN--A spokesman for Exor SpA, the holding company through which the Agnelli family controls Fiat SpA, denied Thursday that the clan is in takeover talks with the controlling family of Volkswagen AG. A German magazine reported that ...