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Economic Indicators
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PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island's leading economic indicator was flat in December, as only three of the nine components that comprise it had a positive contribution: jobless claims, exports and interest-rate spread. The indicator, which is … more
Rhode Islanders plan to spend an average of $52 on Valentine’s Day gifts this year, and while the amount isn’t as high as Kansas, where the average spending is expected to hit $117, it’s higher than New Hampshire, where it’s anticipated to reach only $31. more
Retail sales increased for a third straight month in January as Americans kicked off 2016 by spending freely on cars, clothing and online merchandise. more
Consumer sentiment declined in February to a four-month low as declining stock prices and weaker global conditions weighed on Americans’ views of the economy. more
The Warren Group said Rhode Island saw another big month for single-family home sales in December, with 852 sales, a 24.7 percent jump compared with 683 in December 2014. more
Filings for unemployment benefits in the U.S. declined to a seven-week low as hiring managers demonstrated confidence in the outlook after temporary adjustments around the holidays. more
Consumer comfort in the first week of February held close to a three-month high as Americans grew more upbeat about the buying climate. more
The dollar fluctuated after Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said continued market turmoil may throw the central bank off course from the multiple interest-rate increases that policy makers have forecast for 2016. more
Rhode Island is the fourth-most expensive state to get married, according to Thumbtack, with an average cost of $15,233. more
Rhode Island’s foreclosure inventory rate was 1.7 percent in December, which was unchanged from December 2014, CoreLogic said Tuesday. more
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