Paul Wiseman

Government, Business

Factories Expand Despite Virus, Though Deliveries Slow

An Apple manufacturing plant in Texas Workers at an Apple manufacturing plant in Austin, Texas. (Evan Vucci/Associated Press)

WASHINGTON — American factories expanded in February for the second straight month, despite disruptions caused by the coronavirus outbreak.

Paul Wiseman | Associated Press
March 2, 2020
Government, Business

US Trade Deficit Drops for First Time in Six Years

Cargo cranes remove containers from a Yang Ming Marine Transport Corp. boat at the Port of Tacoma in November 2019. Cranes remove containers from a cargo ship at the Port of Tacoma in November 2019. (Ted S. Warren/Associated Press)

The U.S. trade deficit fell 1.7% last year to $616.8 billion as President Donald Trump hammered China with import taxes.

Paul Wiseman | Associated Press
February 5, 2020
Government, Business

Survey: US Factories Expand for First Time Since July

A container ship is unloaded at the Virginia International Gateway terminal in Norfolk, Va., in May 2019. A container ship is unloaded at the Virginia International Gateway terminal in Norfolk, Va., in May 2019. (Steve Helber/Associated Press)

U.S. factories expanded unexpectedly last month, snapping a five-month losing streak.

Paul Wiseman | Associated Press
February 3, 2020
Government, Business, Fuel

November US Consumer Prices Up 0.3% on Rising Energy Costs

food shoppers John Locher/AP

WASHINGTON — Higher energy prices lifted U.S. overall consumer prices in November.

Paul Wiseman | Associated Press
December 11, 2019
Government, Business

US Trade Gap Narrows 7.6% to $47.2 Billion in October

Shipping container is lifted off the back of a truck on Seattle's Harbor Island A shipping container is lifted off of a truck at a terminal on Harbor Island in Seattle on Oct. 2, 2019. The trade gap still is 1.3% wider so far this year than it was in January-October 2018. (Elaine Thompson/Associated Press)

WASHINGTON — The U.S. trade deficit narrowed in October as imports fell faster than exports. The politically sensitive trade gap with China dropped.

Paul Wiseman | Associated Press
December 5, 2019
Government, Business

US Chickens Headed to China After Beijing Lifts 5-Year Ban

Chickens in cages China bought more than $500 million worth of poultry products from the U.S. in 2013. (Charlie Neibergall/Associated Press)

WASHINGTON — China is lifting a five-year ban on U.S. poultry, a goodwill gesture at a time when the world’s two biggest economies are trying to finalize a tentative trade deal.

Paul Wiseman | Associated Press
November 14, 2019
Government, Business, Fuel

Consumer Prices Up 0.4% in October; Gasoline Prices Surge

gas pump Gene J. Puskar/AP

WASHINGTON — Surging gasoline prices caused U.S. consumer prices to rise last month at the fastest pace since March.

Paul Wiseman | Associated Press
November 13, 2019
Government, Business

US Manufacturing Contracts for Third Straight Month

Workers in the production area at the Honda Aircraft Co. headquarters in Greensboro, N.C. (Gerry Broome) Workers in the production area at the Honda Aircraft Co. headquarters in Greensboro, N.C. (Gerry Broome)

WASHINGTON — U.S. manufacturing output dropped for the third straight month in October as trade tensions and a slowing global economy took a toll on American factories.

Paul Wiseman | Associated Press
November 1, 2019
Government, Business

Trump to Sign US-Japan Trade Deal That Benefits Farmers

Donald Trump United States President Donald Trump by Evan Vucci/Associated Press

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is scheduled to sign a limited trade agreement Oct. 7 with Japan, a deal that would win back benefits American farmers lost when Trump pulled out of a broader Asia-Pacific pact his first week in office.

Paul Wiseman | Associated Press
October 7, 2019
Government, Business

US Productivity Climbs 2.3% in Second Quarter

US Productivity Wilfredo Lee/Associated Press

Productivity rose at a healthy pace in the second quarter but dropped at American factories, another sign of trouble for manufacturers.

Paul Wiseman | Associated Press
September 5, 2019

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