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1. US manufacturing sinks to decade-low, stoking economic fear -

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. factory activity hit a decade low last month in the face of President Donald Trump's trade conflicts, adding to a weakening picture of the global economy.

The Institute for Supply Management, an association of purchasing managers, said Tuesday that its manufacturing index shrank for a second straight month to 47.8% in September, down from 49.1% in August. Any reading below 50 signals that the sector is contracting.

2. Survey: US services sector expanded at faster pace in August -

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. services expanded at a stronger pace in August, driven by an uptick in business activity and new orders.

The Institute for Supply Management, an association of purchasing managers, said Thursday that its non-manufacturing index rose to 56.4 from 53.7 in July after two months of cooler growth. Readings above 50 signal growth, and the US services sector has been expanding for 115 months.

3. US trade deficit edges up to $50 billion in March -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. trade deficit increased slightly in March, even though the deficit with China fell to the lowest point in five years.

The deficit in goods and services edged up 1.5% to $50 billion in March after falling 3.6% in February, the Commerce Department reported Thursday. The deficit is the difference between what America sells to the rest of the world and what it imports.

4. Fed officials express caution about pace of future hikes -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve officials earlier this month appeared on track to raise its key interest rate again in December, but they signaled that the pace of future rate hikes might need to slow given emerging risks to the economy, according to minutes of the discussions released Thursday.

5. US consumer spending up strong 0.6 percent in October -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Consumers boosted their spending in October at the fastest pace in seven months, while their incomes rose by the largest amount in nine months — both good signs for future economic growth.

6. US productivity growth slows to 2.2 percent rate in Q3 -

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. productivity grew at an annual rate of 2.2 percent in the third quarter, a slowdown from the previous quarter but still better than the lackluster gains of the last decade. Labor costs accelerated but remained at a low level.

7. Fed officials discussed hiking rates to 'restrictive' level -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve officials last month debated how high they should raise interest rates to achieve their economic goals, with some arguing that they might need to lift rates to a level that would modestly restrain growth.

8. Fed minutes signal rate hike likely at September meeting -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve officials earlier this month said that a strengthening economy meant that it would "likely soon be appropriate" to boost their benchmark interest rate, a strong signal that rates will be going up in September.

9. US gains 223K jobs; unemployment at 18-year low of 3.8 pct. -

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers extended a streak of solid hiring in May, adding 223,000 jobs and helping lower the unemployment rate to an 18-year low of 3.8 percent from 3.9 percent in April.

10. US economic growth revised down to 2.2 percent rate in Q1 -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy grew at a weaker 2.2 percent annual rate in the first three months of the year, as consumers and businesses slowed their spending. But given the economy's recent performance, analysts are still looking for a solid rebound in the current quarter.

11. US added modest 103K jobs in March, rate stays 4.1 pct. -

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers added a modest 103,000 jobs in March after several months of robust gains, though the government's overall jobs report Friday suggested that the labor market remains fundamentally healthy.

12. US consumer spending ticked up in January as incomes rose 0.4% -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans lifted their spending just 0.2 percent in January, while their incomes jumped because of last year's tax cuts.

The Commerce Department said Thursday that the modest spending increase followed gains of 0.4 percent in December and 0.8 percent in November. Incomes rose 0.4 percent, boosted by $30 billion in tax cut-related bonuses the government estimates were paid out in January.

13. US consumer spending ticked up in January as incomes rose 0.4% -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans lifted their spending just 0.2 percent in January, while their incomes jumped because of last year's tax cuts.

The Commerce Department said Thursday that the modest spending increase followed gains of 0.4 percent in December and 0.8 percent in November. Incomes rose 0.4 percent, boosted by $30 billion in tax cut-related bonuses the government estimates were paid out in January.

14. US consumer spending up in December, while saving rate fell -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans increased their spending 0.4 percent in December, a solid pace but slower than the big spending burst seen in November, while their saving rate fell to a more-than decade low.

15. Gullett Sanford Robinson & Martin adds 2 attorneys -

The law firm of Gullett Sanford Robinson & Martin PLLC has hired Flynne Bailey and Hilary Dennen, both litigation attorneys.

Bailey joins as an associate and practices in the areas of complex business and commercial litigation, personal injury defense litigation, governmental liability litigation and real estate litigation.

16. Top Middle Tennessee residential transactions for October 2017 -

Top residential real estate sales, October 2017, for Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports. Due to technical issues, Davidson County sales are unavailable for October.

17. US consumer spending surged 1 percent in September -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Consumers boosted their spending by 1 percent in September, the biggest gain in eight years. The surge was fueled by robust demand across sectors, especially autos in the wake of recent hurricanes.

18. US economy shows resilience with 2nd straight solid quarter -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Powered by businesses and consumers, the U.S. economy grew at a solid 3 annual pace last quarter despite two devastating hurricanes — evidence of economic durability and all but assuring that the Federal Reserve will resume raising interest rates late this year.

19. US industrial production rose solid 0.3 percent in September -

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. industrial production rose a solid 0.3 percent in September, but the increase was limited due to the lingering damage from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

The Federal Reserve said Tuesday that the storms, which struck the Gulf Coast and Florida, held down industrial output by 0.25 percentage points. Still, the manufacturing of automobiles, home electronics and appliances advanced in a potentially positive sign for consumer spending.

20. US economic growth revised up to 3 percent in Q2 -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy rebounded sharply in the spring, growing at the fastest pace in more than two years amid brisk consumer spending on autos and other goods.

The gross domestic product, the broadest measure of economic health, grew at an annual rate of 3 percent in the April-June quarter, the Commerce Department reported Wednesday. It was the best showing since a 3.2 percent gain in the first quarter of 2015.

21. Yellen defends bank regulations passed after 2008 crisis -

JACKSON HOLE, Wyoming (AP) — Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen on Friday emphatically defended the web of regulations the Fed helped enact after the 2008 financial crisis, saying it helped restore the banking system's health and disputing criticism that the rules have hurt lending.

22. XMI hires vice president, managing director of financial operations -

XMI, a provider of business process management services for entrepreneurial, high growth businesses, has added Joshua Farber, MBA, CPA, as vice president and managing director of financial operations.

23. Survey: US businesses added solid 177,000 jobs in April -

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. businesses added 177,000 jobs last month, a private survey found, a solid gain that suggests the economy is still expanding despite recent signs of slower growth.

April's hiring is down from a revised 255,000 in the previous month, ADP said Wednesday . The figure is the lowest in six months and comes after three strong gains in ADP's data.

24. Last Fed meeting's minutes show talk of paring bond holdings -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve officials last month discussed the possibility of reducing their enormous portfolio of bond holdings later this year, sooner than many investors have been expecting.

25. Americans spent slightly more at retail stores last month -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans spent only slightly more last month at retail stores compared with January, a sign of consumer caution despite rising optimism about the economy.

The Commerce Department said Wednesday retail sales ticked up a seasonally adjusted 0.1 percent in February, after a much bigger gain of 0.6 percent the previous month. January's gain was revised higher.

26. US economy grew at weak 1.9 percent rate in 4th quarter -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy grew at an anemic 1.9 percent rate in the fourth quarter, unchanged from an initial estimate, although consumers performed better than first thought.

The increase in the gross domestic product, the broadest measure of economic health, represented a significant slowdown from 3.5 percent growth recorded in the third quarter, the Commerce Department reported Tuesday.

27. Yellen: Expect Fed to resume raising rates in coming months -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen pointed Tuesday to a solid U.S. job market and economy and said the Fed will likely resume raising interest rates in the next few months. But with uncertainties surrounding President Donald Trump's proposals, Yellen said the Fed still wants to keep assessing the economy.

28. Fed leaves rates alone and gives no hint of when it may hike -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve has left its key interest rate unchanged at a time of solid economic gains but also heightened uncertainty surrounding the new Trump administration.

At the same time, the Fed pointed to improved sentiment among consumers and businesses. And it said it had become more confident that inflation will reach its 2 percent target. But the Fed offered no hints about when it will resume raising rates.

29. US economic growth slowed to 1.9 percent rate in Q4 -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy lost momentum in the final three months of 2016, closing out a year in which growth turned in the weakest performance in five years.

The gross domestic product grew at an annual rate of just 1.9 percent in the October-December period, a slowdown from 3.5 percent growth in the third quarter, the Commerce Department reported Friday. GDP, the broadest measure of economic health, was held back by a jump in the trade deficit.

30. More pay, greater confidence lifts US retail sales 0.6 pct. -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans stepped up their auto buying and online shopping in December, reflecting a boost in confidence after the election and a solid increase in pay.

Retail sales rose a seasonally adjusted 0.6 percent, following a small 0.2 percent gain in November, the Commerce Department said Friday.

31. Consumer spending growth weakened in November -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Consumers slowed the growth in their spending in November and income growth was flat, two worrisome signs at the start of the holiday shopping season.

Consumer spending rose 0.2 percent in November, the weakest showing since a 0.1 percent rise in August, the Commerce Department reported Thursday. Spending had posted healthy gains of 0.7 percent in September and 0.4 percent in October.

32. For global economy, Trump victory intensifies uncertainties -

Donald Trump's promise to put America first helped propel him to the U.S. presidency. But he also unleashed uncertainty on the global economy by skewering trading partners and offering few specifics that might calm allies or businesses.

33. US economy grew at its strongest pace in 2 years -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Don't expect much more from the U.S. economy this year — it may have already peaked.

Gross domestic product, the broadest measure of economic health, grew at annual rate of 2.9 percent in the July-September quarter, shaking off a lackluster first half and accelerating to its strongest growth in two years, the Commerce Department reported Friday. The improvement was powered by a rebound in exports and a decision by businesses to restock their shelves.

34. Top Middle Tennessee residential transactions for September 2016 -

Top residential real estate sales, September 2016, for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

35. Fed keeps key rate unchanged but hints of coming hike -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve is keeping its key interest rate unchanged but signaling that it will likely raise rates before year's end.

The Fed said in a statement ending its latest policy meeting Wednesday that the U.S. job market has continued to strengthen and economic activity has picked up. But it noted that business investment remains soft and inflation too low and that it wants to see further improvement in the job market.

36. Slower hiring in August signals Fed rate hike less likely -

WASHINGTON (AP) — After two months of blockbuster gains, U.S. employers slowed their hiring in August to a modest increase of 151,000, reducing the likelihood that the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates when it meets this month.

37. Tepid retail sales lower expectations for US economic growth -

WASHINGTON (AP) — A sluggish month of retail spending has tempered expectations for the U.S. economy's growth in the coming months.

Consumers pulled back on shopping and eating out in July after three straight solid monthly gains, the government said Friday. Those declines were offset by increases in auto sales and online and catalog sales.

38. US economy expected to pick up after weak growth in spring -

WASHINGTON (AP) — A surprisingly lackluster economy last quarter served as a reminder of how choppy the pace of growth has been since the Great Recession ended seven years ago. Businesses pared their stockpiling and investment through the spring. But consumers — the heart of the U.S. economy — kept spending.

39. US economy grew at 0.8 percent rate in first quarter -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy's slowdown in growth at the beginning of the year wasn't quite as bad as first thought, thanks to a bigger boost from housing and less drag from business investment and trade.

40. Fed keeps key rate unchanged; no hint on timing of next hike -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve kept a key interest rate unchanged Wednesday against the backdrop of a slowdown in U.S. and global growth and provided no hint of when its next rate hike may occur.

41. US consumer confidence slips in April -

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumers were feeling a little less confident in April, even though the stock market was rebounding from its February lows.

The Conference Board said Tuesday its consumer confidence index dropped to 94.2 this month after rising to 96.1 in March.

42. US economy ends 2015 on better note, starts 2016 with a bang -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy got a double dose of good news Friday. Economic growth in the final three months of 2015 didn't slow as much as previously estimated, and consumers roared back to life in January, spending at the fastest clip in eight months.

43. US economy grew at better 1 percent rate in fourth quarter -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy's slowdown in the final three months of 2015 wasn't quite as bad as initially thought.

The gross domestic product, the broadest measure of economic health, grew at an annual rate of 1 percent in the fourth quarter, the Commerce Department reported Friday. That's an improvement from the first estimate of 0.7 percent, though just half the 2 percent growth posted in the third quarter.

44. US retail sales rise as consumers shrug off stock price drop -

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. retail sales rose modestly in January, evidence that Americans kept shopping despite sharp drops in stock prices.

The Commerce Department said Friday that retail sales increased a seasonally adjusted 0.2 percent last month, the same as in December. Excluding the effect of falling gas prices, sales rose 0.4 percent.

45. US productivity fell at sharp 3 percent rate in Q4 -

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. productivity fell sharply in the final three months of 2015, closing out a fifth straight year of weak gains in worker efficiency.

The Labor Department said Thursday that productivity — the amount of output per hour of work — fell at an annual rate of 3 percent in the fourth quarter. It was the biggest quarterly decline in nearly two years.

46. US economy is expected to strengthen after weak 4th quarter -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy struggled to grow in the October-December quarter as consumer spending, business investment and exports slowed. Yet despite global weakness and shrunken oil and stock prices, many economists expect growth to accelerate on the strength of healthy job gains.

47. Middle Tennessee's $1 million-plus residential real estate transactions for 2015 -

Middle Tennessee's $1 million-plus residential real estate transactions for 2015, Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

48. US consumer prices unchanged but core inflation up -

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumer prices were unchanged in November as declines in energy and food held down overall costs. But core inflation was up 2 percent over the 12 months ending in November. That was the fastest pace in more than a year and the kind of increase Fed officials want to see to justify the start of a round of interest rate increases.

49. Bar’s public service award goes to Conner -

In recognition of more than 50 years of service to both the legal profession and the Middle Tennessee community, Waller attorney and mediator Lew Conner is being honored with the John C. Tune Public Service Award at the Nashville Bar Association’s annual meeting and banquet.

50. Yellen says she expects Fed to raise rates by year's end -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Chair Janet Yellen said Thursday that she expects the Federal Reserve to begin raising interest rates from record lows by the end of the year.

In a lecture at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Yellen said she thought inflation would gradually move up to the Fed's target rate of 2 percent as unusually low oil prices and other factors prove temporary. And she suggested that global economic weakness won't likely be significant enough to dissuade the Fed from raising its key short-term rate from zero by December.

51. Orders for US durable goods down 2 percent in August -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Orders for long-lasting U.S. manufactured goods dropped in August with weakness in a key category that tracks business investment plans.

Orders for durable goods fell 2 percent last month in contrast to July when orders had risen by 1.9 percent, the Commerce Department reported Thursday. A key category that serves as a proxy for business investment edged down 0.2 percent last month after gains of 2.1 percent in July and 1.5 percent in June.

52. Is now time for a Fed rate hike? Here are 2 clashing views -

WASHINGTON (AP) — For seven years — through political fights, Europe debt crises and market panic — investors could count on one thing: Short-term U.S. interest rates would stay locked near zero.

Such was the will of the Federal Reserve, which remained wary of the economy's durability long after the gravest recession since the 1930s had ended.

53. US consumer spending up moderate 0.3 percent in July -

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumers increased their spending moderately in July, as wages and salaries made their biggest jump in eight months.

Spending rose 0.3 percent in July, helped by purchases of big-ticket items such as cars, the Commerce Department reported Friday. June's result was revised up to a matching 0.3 percent gain.

54. The US economy's second quarter went from solid to stellar -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy staged a far bigger rebound last quarter than first thought, outpacing the rest of the developed world and bolstering confidence that it will remain sturdy in coming months despite global headwinds.

55. Top Middle Tennessee residential real estate transactions for July 2015 -

Top residential real estate transactions, July 2015, for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

56. Top residential real estate transactions for June 2015 -

Top residential real estate transactions, June 2015, for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

57. US trade deficit widens in May as exports struggle -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. trade deficit widened slightly in May, reflecting declines in sales of American-made aircraft and machinery as exports continued to suffer from a strong dollar.

The deficit increased 2.9 percent to $41.9 billion in May, up from an April imbalance of $40.7 billion, the Commerce Department reported Tuesday.

58. US consumers ramp up May spending; largest gain since 2009 -

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumer spending surged in May with the biggest monthly increase in nearly six years — a sign of stronger economic growth ahead.

The Commerce Department said Thursday that consumer spending rose 0.9 percent last month, up from a revised 0.1 percent increase in April. May spending registered the biggest gain since August 2009, when the government's "Cash for Clunkers" program fueled auto-buying.

59. Durable goods orders retreat again in May -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Orders to U.S. factories for long-lasting manufactured goods fell in May, pulled down by a sharp drop in demand for aircraft. But a category that reflects business investment rose last month, a hopeful sign for manufacturing.

60. US retail sales jump in May as jobs boost spending -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans ramped up their spending on autos, building materials and clothing in May, a sign that strong job growth is starting to boost retail sales.

Retail sales climbed a seasonally adjusted 1.2 percent in May, following a 0.2 percent gain in April, the Commerce Department said Thursday. Sales have risen 2.7 percent over the past 12 months.

61. Number of US job openings jumped to a 15-year high in April -

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers advertised the most open jobs in April than at any time in the 15 years that the government has tracked the data, a sign that this year's steady hiring will likely continue.

62. Growth in US services firms slowed in May to 12-month low -

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. service firms grew in May at the slowest pace in a year, as both new orders and hiring slipped.

The Institute for Supply Management said Wednesday that its services index fell to 55.7 in May from 57.8 in April. Still, any reading over 50 indicates that services firms are expanding.

63. US consumer spending flat in April as income, savings rise -

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumers held back from spending more in April, deciding instead to channel income gains into savings.

Consumer spending was flat in April — the weakest performance in three months — after a revised 0.5 percent increase in March, the Commerce Department reported Monday. The March advance had been the biggest gain since last August. Personal income rose a healthy 0.4 percent.

64. US economy fell at 0.7 pct. rate in winter but is rebounding -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy shrank at a 0.7 percent annual rate in the first three months of the year, depressed by a severe winter and a widening trade deficit.

The government's revised estimate for last quarter was weaker than its initial estimate of a 0.2 percent growth rate. The U.S. trade gap — the difference between the value of exports and the larger value of imports — was found to be wider than first estimated. And consumer spending was slower than previously thought.

65. Consumer confidence edges up in May on improving job market -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Consumer confidence rebounded slightly this month as the job market showed signs of improvement.

The Conference Board's consumer confidence index rose to 95.4 in May from 94.3 in April. Last month's reading had been sharp drop from March's 101.4. A year ago, the index stood at 82.2.

66. Business investment climbs as factories thaw from winter -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Orders to U.S. factories for long-lasting manufactured goods fell slightly in April. But a category that reflects business investment climbed for a second month, a hopeful sign that this key sector is starting to revive.

67. Yellen: 1st rate hike likely by year end if economy improves -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Friday she expects to begin raising interest rates later this year — if the job market improves and the Fed is confident inflation will climb closer toward its target rate.

68. Fed minutes indicate June rate hike unlikely -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve policymakers largely agreed when they met last month that June would be too early to start raising interest rates, as they debated whether the economy's winter weakness would fade or persist.

69. Why US economic growth has disappointed this year -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Like an underachieving student, the U.S. economy isn't living up to the high hopes it began the year with.

Consumers have been uncharacteristically frugal, even as the country added jobs and a sharp drop in gas prices over the past year left them more money to spend. Meanwhile, drilling companies reeling from cheaper oil have slashed spending much more rapidly than anyone expected.

70. US factory orders rise in March for first time in 8 months -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Orders to U.S. factories rose in March for the first time since last July, breaking a long stretch of weakness in manufacturing.

Orders increased 2.1 percent following seven monthly declines, the Commerce Department reported Monday. And in further good news, orders in a key category that tracks business investment plans eked out a 0.1 percent rise. It was the first advance in this category since last August.

71. Spring awakening: US consumer spending rose in March -

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumers boosted spending in March by the largest amount in four months, a hopeful sign that this key sector of the economy is reviving after a frigid winter.

Consumer spending increased 0.4 percent in March, the strongest gain since a similar increase in November, the Commerce Department reported Thursday. Spending fell in December and January before climbing a modest 0.2 percent in February.

72. Noting slower economy, Fed appears no closer to a rate hike -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve took a gloomier view of the U.S. economy Wednesday after a winter in which growth nearly froze. It offered no sign that a rate increase might be coming soon.

73. Bills joins Wiseman Ashworth Law Group -

Attorney Anthony C. Bills has joined Wiseman Ashworth Law Group, PLC, as an associate.

Bills was previously an associate with the Nashville firm Manier & Herod. His professional experience includes all phases of litigation and practice including personal injury, products liability, nursing home litigation, health care law, mental health law, premises liability and fidelity and surety law.

74. Higher US gas prices sparked modest inflation in March -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Higher-priced gasoline slightly boosted consumer prices in March, a sign that some of the effects of cheaper oil are fading and that inflation may be edging up to healthier levels.

75. US manufacturing slows as orders and hiring weaken -

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. factories expanded last month at a weaker pace, with orders growing more slowly and hiring essentially flat.

The Institute for Supply Management, a trade group of purchasing managers, said Wednesday that its manufacturing index slipped to 51.5 in March from 52.9 in February.

76. US consumer spending edges up 0.1 percent in February -

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumers spent just slightly more in February even though their income rose by a healthy amount. But economists hope bigger paychecks will give spending a bigger boost in the coming months.

77. Higher gas costs lift US consumer prices after 3 declines -

WASHINGTON (AP) — A slight rise in gas costs and broad increases in other categories lifted consumer prices in February, a welcome sign after three straight months of declines that had pointed to excessively low inflation.

78. Fed redefines the unemployment range it considers acceptable -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve was in a tough spot: The February U.S. unemployment rate of 5.5 percent is right where the Fed had been saying inflation would likely start to accelerate. Yet inflation remains even lower than the Fed wants it to be.

79. Déjà vu? Winter chills US economy, but slowdown should thaw -

WASHINGTON (AP) — For a second year, harsh winter weather has kept Americans away from shopping centers, slowed home sales and weighed on U.S. economic growth.

Yet there may be little cause for concern. The steadily strengthening U.S. job market and low gas prices suggest that the slowdown will likely prove temporary — just as a winter-related slump did last year.

80. US manufacturing slows as output and hiring weaken -

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. factories expanded last month at their weakest pace in a year, with orders, hiring and production all growing more slowly.

The Institute for Supply Management, a trade group of purchasing managers, said Monday that its manufacturing index slipped to 52.9 in February from 53.5 in January. It was the fourth straight drop and the lowest reading since January 2014. Still, any reading above 50 signals expansion.

81. Consumer spending drops 0.2 percent in January -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Consumer spending fell for a second consecutive month in January, weakness that was expected to be temporary. Income rose, reflecting strong job gains during the month.

Consumer spending declined 0.2 percent in January following a 0.3 percent drop in December, the Commerce Department reported Monday. Economists had expected a dip, reflecting a big drop in gas prices during the month. That decline should prove to be a positive for the economy, giving consumers more money to spend on other goods.

82. US economic growth in Q4 revised down to 2.2 percent -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy slowed more sharply in the final three months of the year than initial estimates, reflecting weaker business stockpiling and a bigger trade deficit.

The Commerce Department said Friday that the economy as measured by the gross domestic product grew at an annual rate of 2.2 percent in the October-December quarter, weaker than the 2.6 percent first estimated last month. It marked a major slowdown from the third quarter, which had been the strongest growth in 11 years.

83. Cheaper gas lowers US retail sales; spending up elsewhere -

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. retail sales fell sharply last month as gas prices plummeted and auto sales slowed. But excluding those volatile categories, Americans stepped up their spending a bit.

Retail sales dropped 0.8 percent in January, the Commerce Department said Thursday, following a 0.9 percent decline in December. The dollar value of gas station sales plunged 9.3 percent, the largest drop in six years. Auto dealer sales also fell for the second straight month after big gains in the fall.

84. Cheaper gas lowers US retail sales; spending up elsewhere -

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. retail sales fell sharply last month as gas prices plummeted and auto sales slowed. But excluding those volatile categories, Americans stepped up their spending a bit.

Retail sales dropped 0.8 percent in January, the Commerce Department said Thursday, following a 0.9 percent decline in December. The dollar value of gas station sales plunged 9.3 percent, the largest drop in six years. Auto dealer sales also fell for the second straight month.

85. US trade deficit jumps 17.1 percent to $46.6 billion -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. trade deficit in December jumped to the highest level in more than two years as American exports fell and imports climbed to a record level.

The deficit jumped 17.1 percent to $46.6 billion in December, the biggest imbalance since November 2012, the Commerce Department reported Thursday. The widening trade gap reflected a drop in exports, which fell 0.8 percent to $194.9 billion. Imports soared 2.2 percent to $241.4 billion.

86. US factories grew last month at slowest pace in a year -

WASHINGTON (AP) — US factories expanded last month at the slowest pace in a year, as orders, production, and hiring all declined. The figures suggested manufacturing may not add much to growth in the first few months of 2015.

87. US economy slowed last quarter, but signs are pointing up -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy slowed in the final three months of 2014, but a burst in consumer spending and the prospect of continued low energy prices are bolstering confidence that growth will strengthen this year.

88. Fed stays 'patient' on rates while noting improving economy -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve reiterated Wednesday that it will be "patient" in raising interest rates from record lows even as the U.S. economy moves steadily closer to full health.

The Fed signaled in a statement after its latest policy meeting that no rate increase is imminent despite the economic gains. A key reason is that inflation remains well below the Fed's target rate.

89. Orders for US durable goods fell 3.4 percent in December -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Orders for long-lasting manufactured goods dropped sharply in December, dragged lower by a big decline in demand for commercial aircraft.

Orders for durable goods fell 3.4 percent in December following a 2.1 percent decline in November, the Commerce Department reported Tuesday. The decline was led by a 55.5 percent plunge in the volatile category of commercial aircraft.

90. US factory output rises 0.3 percent in December -

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. factory production rose in December as manufacturers churned out more furniture, computers and clothing, offsetting a decline in autos.

Factory production increased 0.3 percent last month, the Federal Reserve said Friday, its fourth straight gain. The increase comes after output jumped 1.3 percent in November and finally surpassed its pre-recession peak.

91. Weak consumer, business demand may slow US growth -

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumers and businesses spent cautiously last month, a sign that strong growth during the spring and summer may decelerate in the final three months of the year.

The figures released Wednesday were a mild disappointment after data the previous day showed the economy had expanded at the fastest pace in over a decade in the second and third quarters.

92. Top Middle Tennessee commercial transactions for September 2014 -

Top September 2014 commercial real estate transactions for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

93. US economy grew at 3.5 percent rate in Q3 -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy grew at a solid annual rate of 3.5 percent in the July-September quarter, propelled by solid gains in business investment, export sales and the biggest jump in military spending in five years.

94. US factory output rises 0.5 percent in September -

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. manufacturing output rose in September, led by gains for aerospace products, furniture, clothing and plastics.

The Federal Reserve said Thursday that factory production rose 0.5 percent in September after falling 0.5 percent in August. Over the past 12 months, manufacturing output has increased 3.7 percent.

95. US employers add 142K jobs, fewest in 8 months -

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers added the fewest jobs in eight months in August, snapping a streak of robust gains and surprising analysts because recent reports had suggested that the economy was steadily improving.

96. Steaban, Edgeworth take on new roles at VUMC -

Robin Steaban, MSN, R.N., VUMC associate chief nursing officer and chief administrative officer at the Vanderbilt Heart and Vascular Institute, has been promoted to the newly created position of chief nursing officer for Vanderbilt University Hospital and Clinics.

97. As US economy accelerates, Fed remains cautious -

WASHINGTON (AP) — After a grim start to 2014, the U.S. economy has rebounded with vigor and should show renewed strength into next year.

That was the general view of analysts Wednesday after the government estimated that the economy grew at a fast 4 percent annual rate in the April-June quarter. Consumers, businesses and governments combined to fuel the expansion. The government also said growth was more robust last year than previously estimated.

98. A more vigorous US economy appears to be emerging -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy has rebounded with vigor from a grim start to 2014 and should show renewed strength into next year.

That was the general view of analysts Wednesday after the government estimated that the economy grew at a fast 4 percent annual rate in the April-June quarter. Consumers, businesses and governments joined to fuel the second-quarter expansion. The government also said growth was more robust last year than it had previously estimated.

99. Fed split on signals for first rate increase -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve officials had differing views in June on the best way to signal to financial markets when they might raise a key short-term interest rate. They were in broad agreement, however, that they will likely announce an end to their monthly bond buying program in October.

100. June jobs report shows US recovery is accelerating -

WASHINGTON (AP) — A surprisingly robust job market is energizing the 5-year-old U.S. recovery and driving the economy closer to full health.

Employers added 288,000 jobs in June and helped cut the unemployment rate to 6.1 percent, the lowest since 2008. It was the fifth straight gain above 200,000 — the best such stretch since the late 1990s tech boom.