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U.S. stocks rose, sending the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index to within three points of an all-time high, amid speculation the Federal Reserve will continue to support low interest rates as the economy recovers. more
U.S. stocks rose, extending the biggest monthly gain since February, as financial, health care and technology shares led the advance. more
Consumer spending in the United States unexpectedly dropped in July for the first time in six months, a sign households are lagging behind as wages fail to accelerate. more
In Middletown, the owners of Atlantic Beach Hospitality Group have resurrected plans suspended during the recession to replace the Knights Inn motel on Aquidneck Avenue with a higher-end, 198-room hotel. more
As competition for commercial business among banks in the region intensifies, Washington Trust Bancorp, parent of The Washington Trust Co., is sticking to a cautious, service-focused business model as it looks for growth opportunities – especially in Massachusetts and Connecticut. more
Three years ago, the Rhode Island chapter of the Associated Builders and Contractors Inc. spent nine months getting permit approvals for a small, $30,000 office renovation in Pawtucket that its president says should have taken a month. more
Fewer Americans than forecast filed applications for unemployment benefits last week, a sign the labor market continues to gain traction. more
BOSTON – Massachusetts lost 1,600 jobs in April but saw its total unemployment rate drop 0.3 percent, to 6 percent, from the March rate, according to the Mass. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ preliminary estimates. more
Rhode Island’s unemployment rate may be the highest in the nation at 8.3 percent, but a lesser-known metric ranks the state sixth highest – and lends insight into the state’s condition, local economists say. more
Wherever the debate about the data in Thomas Piketty’s work on inequality may lead, there’s at least one bright side: The argument itself reflects a desirable shift in the field of economics toward answering questions that matter. more
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