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Factoryjobs-050115.jpg More than 60,000 manufacturing jobs were brought to the U.S. last year by reshoring and foreign direct investment combined, according to a new report from The Reshoring Initiative. This represents a 400% increase since 2003, when the country lost net about 140,000 manufacturing jobs per year to offshoring. With...

ConstructionSpending-050115.jpg Partly reflecting a sharp pullback in spending on residential construction, the Commerce Department released a report Friday morning showing an unexpected decrease in U.S. construction spending in the month of March.

Consumer2-050115.jpg Consumer sentiment in the U.S. saw a modest improvement in the month of April, according to a report released by the University of Michigan on Friday.

ISMpmi-050115.jpg Economic activity in the U.S. manufacturing sector continued to expand in the month of April, according to a report released by the Institute for Supply Management on Friday, although the index of activity in the sector unexpectedly held steady.

Consumer sentiment in the U.S. saw a modest improvement in the month of April, according to a report released by the University of Michigan on Friday.

Partly reflecting a sharp pullback in spending on residential construction, the Commerce Department released a report Friday morning showing an unexpected decrease in U.S. construction spending in the month of March.

Economic activity in the U.S. manufacturing sector continued to expand in the month of April, according to a report released by the Institute for Supply Management on Friday, although the index of activity in the sector unexpectedly held steady.

ukmanuf-050115.jpg British manufacturing activity unexpectedly eased sharply to a seven-month low in April amid weaker demand, while central bank data showed that consumer credit grew strongly, suggesting that the fragile economic recovery was largely being led by consumption.

British manufacturing sector growth eased unexpectedly in April, as intermediate goods sector fell back in to contraction, survey figures from Markit Economics showed Friday. The Markit/Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply Purchasing Mangers' Index, or PMI, fell to 51.9 in April from 54.0 in...

U.K. mortgage approvals unexpectedly declined in March, after rising in the previous three months, data from the Bank of England showed Friday. The number of loan approvals for home purchase fell to 61,341 from a six-month high of 61,523 in February. Economists had expected a higher figure of 62,500....

Dutch manufacturing sector expanded at a faster pace in April, as output growth accelerated to a five-month high, survey figures from Markit Economics showed Friday. The seasonally adjusted purchasing managers' index, or PMI, rose to 54.0 in April from 52.5 in March. Any reading above 50 indicates...

Thailand's consumer prices dropped at a faster-than-expected pace in April, data from the Ministry of Commerce showed Friday. The consumer price index declined 1.04 percent year-over-year in April, exceeding economists' expectations for a 0.8 percent decrease. In March, prices had fallen 0.57...

Ireland's manufacturing sector growth slowed in April, as new work increased at a slightly weaker pace, survey figures from Markit Economics showed Friday. The seasonally adjusted Investec purchasing managers' index,or PMI, dropped to 55.8 in April from 56.8 in the previous month. However, any reading...

Japan-machinery-orders-04072011-1.jpg The manufacturing sector in Japan slipped into contraction for the first time in nine months, the latest survey from Markit Economics showed on Friday with a revised manufacturing PMI reading of 49.9. That's up from last month's preliminary April reading of 47.7, although it's down from 50.3 in March....

trade.jpg Final demand producer prices in Australia added 0.5 percent on quarter in the first quarter of 2015, the Australian Bureau of Statistics said on Friday - accelerating from the 0.1 percent increase in the three months prior. The increase was mainly due to rises in the prices received for computer and...

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