Retail sales rose 0.2 percent in July. It's a meager total, but a bounce back for "core" retail sales hints at accelerated consumer spending.
Next Federal Reserve chairman must strongly support central bank's dual mandate, president says, and right now that means boosting employment. Also this week: jobless claims rise, credit card debt falls, and drama unfolds at J.C. Penney.
President Obama wants to reduce the government's role in the mortgage giant by phasing out mortgage financing giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The idea has broad support, but interest rates on home loans would go up, especially for low-income families.
In a shift, President Obama offers Republicans a new 'grand bargain' – cuts in corporate taxes in exchange for a jobs program. The recovery in the labor market makes Obama's jobs program a tougher sell.
Housing starts fell sharply in June, with US builders starting work on fewer single- and multi-family homes. But there was some good news for the housing recovery: Permit applications for single-family homes hit a five-year high.
Retail sales increased for the third straight month in June, but fell well short of expectations. The retail sales report might hint that consumers are feeling the delayed effects of January's payroll tax hike, according to some analysts.
The economy added 195,000 jobs in June, a strong showing that beat analysts' expectations. Steady job growth is good news, but it means that higher interest rates and an easing of Federal Reserve bond buying could come sooner rather than later, putting investors on edge.