U.S. workers' productivity increased in the July-September period at a slower pace than in the previous quarter. Labor costs accelerated but still remained at an extremely low level.
Government-controlled mortgage companies Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac posted profits for the July-September period as the U.S. housing market continued to recover.
All of the reasons for buying gold over recent years have disappeared, helping to drive prices for the metal to a four-year low.
Fewer people applied for U.S. unemployment benefits last week, adding to signs that the job market should continue to improve.
Luxembourg, one of the world's wealthiest nations, came under fire Thursday after leaked documents allegedly revealed the extent to which it has attracted multinationals and the super-rich with sweet tax deals, depriving other countries of valuable tax revenue.
As Samsung's smartphone business suffers a dizzying decline, another issue is vexing investors.
U.S. services firms expanded more slowly in October, but the pace of growth was still healthy. Hiring also rose to the fastest pace in more than nine years.
Gap Inc. has announced plans to expand quickly in Asia as it tries to tap into growing demand there.
U.S. companies added 230,000 jobs in October, a private survey said, the most in four months and a sign that businesses are still willing to hire despite signs of slowing growth overseas.
India's finance minister is urging foreign investors to help plug enormous gaps in the country's infrastructure blamed for holding back growth.
The U.S. housing market cooled off in September, as home prices rose at an ever slowing pace.
The U.S. trade deficit rose in September as exports slumped, a sign that the world's biggest economy is starting to feel the impact of weakening global growth.
Orders to U.S. factories declined in September, dragged by falling demand in the volatile aircraft category.
Oil prices slumped to multi-year lows on Tuesday after Saudi Arabia discounted supplies to the U.S., a move that is shaking an already volatile market but will likely give the world economy an unexpected stimulus.
The European Union cut its already low economic growth forecasts further on Tuesday, indicating the recovery will remain sluggish amid problems for the bigger countries, particularly France and Germany.