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US consumer spending ends 2022 on weaker footing; slow inflation

Consumer spending falls 0.2% in December Personal income increases 0.2%; savings rate rises to 3.4% Core PCE price index gains 0.3%; up 4.4% year-on-year WASHINGTON, Jan 27 (Reuters) – US consumer spending fell for a second straight month in December, putting the economy on a lower growth path heading into 2023, while inflation continued to …

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Judge blocks sale of machine gun converters after US sues

NEW YORK, Jan 26 (Reuters) – The US Department of Justice said it has obtained a court order blocking two firearms companies from imperiling public safety by illegally selling devices to convert AR-15 style rifles into machine guns. US District Judge Nina Morrison in Brooklyn on Wednesday issued a temporary restraining order against Rare Breed …

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Visa revenue growth slows more as tough economy sobers spending

Jan 26 (Reuters) – Visa Inc’s (VN) revenue growth continued to wind back to pre-pandemic levels in the first quarter as the post-lockdown travel craze ebbed and consumer spending slowed in a tough economy. The world’s largest payments processor still surpassed Wall Street targets for profit, sending its shares up 1.4% to $227.82 in after-hours …

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US says it ‘hacked the hackers’ to bring down ransomware gang, helping 300 victims

WASHINGTON, Jan 26 (Reuters) – The FBI revealed on Thursday it had secretly hacked and disrupted a prolific ransomware gang called Hive, a maneuver that allowed the bureau to thwart the group from collecting more than $130 million in ransomware demands from more than 300 victims . At a news conference, US Attorney General Merrick …

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US inflation roller coaster prompts fresh look at long-ignored money supply

NEW YORK, Jan 26 (Reuters) – The amount of money sloshing around the US economy shrank last year for the first time on record, a development that some economists believe bolsters the case for US inflation pressures continuing to abate. The Federal Reserve’s main measure of the nation’s money stock – known as M2 money …

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Wall St climbs on soft landing hopes, Tesla boost

US economy posts strong Q4 growth Weekly jobless claims fall IBM warns of softening growth in businesses Chevron to bump up share buybacks Indexes up: Nasdaq 1.16%, S&P 0.54%, Dow 0.17% Jan 26 (Reuters) – US stock indexes rose on Thursday after data showing a resilient labor market and better-than-expected economic growth last quarter helped …

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Strong US economic growth expected in fourth quarter, outlook darkening

Fourth-quarter GDP forecast to increase at a 2.6% rate Strong consumer spending seen; other sectors to contribute Weekly jobless claims expected to rise moderately WASHINGTON, Jan 26 (Reuters) – The US economy likely maintained a strong pace of growth in the fourth quarter as consumers boosted spending on goods, but momentum appears to have slowed …

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