Dec 12, 2013 — Officials say it's difficult to account for shifts caused by factors related to the holidays and separate them from the trends more closely linked to the economy's underlying strengths and weaknesses.
Dec 12, 2013 — Democrats and Republicans both have problems with the package, but passage is expected in the House Thursday. The Senate is likely to do the same next week. Rep. Paul Ryan says the deal brings "some semblance of bipartisanship."
Dec 11, 2013 — A congressional vote to renew extended unemployment benefits may have to wait until the new year. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid will push for it in January if a last-minute extension fails to come together.
Dec 11, 2013 — After a tough year in which some of its pants allowed too much to be seen, the yoga clothier has found a new CEO. Also, founder and Chairman Chip Wilson plans to step aside. He caused controversy with comments about why some women's bodies may not fit into his company's pants.
Dec 10, 2013 — The Volcker rule, a key part of the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial law, prevents banks from using government-insured money to make speculative bets.
Dec 10, 2013 — Mary Barra will become the new leader of General Motors in January, the company announced Tuesday. The company veteran's tenure as CEO will begin after current leader Dan Akerson retires on Jan. 15.
Dec 10, 2013 — The lack of law enforcement in many regions has spurred looting that killed at least five people and injured hundreds. Some shop owners are taking up arms to defend themselves; others are closing down.
Dec 9, 2013 — Treasury Secretary Jack Lew announced the government lost $10.7 billion on the deal but saved an estimated 1.5 million jobs in the industry.
Dec 6, 2013 — The unemployment rate fell to 7 percent and employers added 203,000 jobs to payrolls in November, according to the latest report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The largely positive data could build anticipation that the Federal Reserve might move to taper its stimulus program.
Dec 5, 2013 — The exchange rate of Bitcoin, the digital currency whose value has sharply risen this year, took a hit following a government ban. Chinese citizens are not forbidden from using the currency.