Americans ramped up purchases of new homes in October after three months of soft sales, evidence that the housing recovery is improving fitfully.
The U.S. trade deficit fell in October, helped by America's energy boom that lifted overall exports to an all-time high.
General Motors says it's in Japan for the long haul despite sales of Cadillac and Chevrolet models barely surpassing 1,000 vehicles a year.
Further signs emerged Wednesday to show that the paltry economic recovery in the 17-country eurozone is losing steam.
The holiday weekend was good to U.S. automakers, as sales reports indicate the auto industry is on track to beat strong numbers from a year ago.
After years in which the ease of instant communication allowed bosses to place greater demands on white-collar workers, some companies are beginning to set limits, recognizing that successful employees must be able to escape from work.
A measure of U.S. home prices rose only modestly in October, adding to signs that prices have stabilized after experiencing big gains earlier this year.
Official figures show the number of people registered as unemployed in Spain fell by a little under 2,500 in November, the first drop during the month since the current system was introduced 1997.
The economy of Latin America's biggest country contracted in the third quarter of the year, though it was up from the same period of 2012, the government said Tuesday.