Economic outlook

FILE - In this Dec. 31, 2018, photo a Washington state ferry sails on a foggy day near cranes at the Port of Seattle. On Friday, April 26, 2019, the Commerce Department issues the first estimate of how the U.S. economy performed in the January-March quarter. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)
April 26, 2019 - 10:58 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy grew at a solid 3.2% annual rate in the first three months of the year, a far better outcome than expected, overcoming a host of headwinds including global weakness, rising trade tensions and a partial government shutdown. The advance in the gross domestic product...
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A cargo ship is seen on the river Main with the bank buildings in background in Frankfurt, Germany, late Wednesday, April 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)
April 24, 2019 - 6:01 am
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — An index of German business optimism fell in April as Europe's largest economy struggles with a slowdown in trade and manufacturing even as it finds support from a strong labor market. The Ifo institute said Wednesday its business climate index slipped to 99.2 points from...
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A man looks at an electronic board displaying stock prices at a brokerage house in Beijing, Wednesday, April 24, 2019. Shares were mostly lower in Asia on Wednesday despite the S&P 500’s all-time record high close the day before. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
April 24, 2019 - 2:46 am
BANGKOK (AP) — Major share benchmarks were mostly lower in Asia on Wednesday as the rally on Wall Street, where the S&P 500 logged an all-time record high close, ran out of steam. Japan's Nikkei 225 index lost 0.3% to 22,000.00 and the Hang Seng in Hong Kong fell 0.5% to 29,825.03. The Shanghai...
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German Economy Minister Peter Altmaier briefs the media about German government's economic growth forecast for 2019, during a news conference in Berlin, Wednesday, April 17, 2019. The German government has slashed its 2019 economic growth forecast for the country for the second time this year. (Foto: Joerg Carstensen/dpa via AP)
April 17, 2019 - 6:39 am
BERLIN (AP) — The German government on Wednesday slashed its 2019 economic growth forecast for the country for the second time this year, halving its outlook to a meager 0.5%. The update came less than three months after the government cut its forecast to 1% from 1.8% in late January. Weaker growth...
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International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Christine Lagarde speaks during a one-on-one talk on Balancing Nature and the Global Economy, at the World Bank/IMF Spring Meetings in Washington, Thursday, April 11, 2019. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
April 12, 2019 - 1:20 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — With global growth slowing and many countries struggling with high debts, now is not the time for the "self-inflicted" economic wound of trade wars, the head of the International Monetary Fund is warning. "The key is to avoid the wrong policies, and this is especially the case for...
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April 11, 2019 - 5:05 am
BEIJING (AP) — China says trade talks with the U.S. are "moving forward" after nine rounds of consultations aimed at ending a standoff that has shaken the world economic outlook. Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang on Thursday said the latest discussions had achieved "new substantial progress." The...
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Currency traders work at the foreign exchange dealing room of the KEB Hana Bank headquarters in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, April 10, 2019. Asian shares fell Wednesday following a slide on Wall Street amid growing tensions between the U.S. and the European Union and a dim forecast on global economic growth.(AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
April 10, 2019 - 5:08 am
TOKYO (AP) — Global shares were mixed Wednesday amid growing tensions between the U.S. and the European Union and a dim forecast on global economic growth. France's CAC 40 rose 0.4% in early trading to 5,455.98, while Germany's DAX gained 0.5% to 11,907.95. Britain's FTSE 100 was little changed but...
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FILE- In this April 2, 2019, file photo specialist Gregg Maloney, left, and trader Tommy Kalikas work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. The U.S. stock market opens at 9:30 a.m. EDT on Tuesday, April 9. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
April 09, 2019 - 10:07 pm
TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares fell Wednesday following a slide on Wall Street amid growing tensions between the U.S. and the European Union and a dim forecast on global economic growth. Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 dropped nearly 0.8% in morning trading to 21,635.16. Australia's S&P/ASX 200 slipped...
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Chief Economist and Director of Research Department at the IMF, Gita Gopinath, speaks during a news conference at the World Bank/IMF Spring Meetings, in Washington, Tuesday, April 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
April 09, 2019 - 11:17 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The International Monetary Fund on Tuesday downgraded its outlook for growth in the United States, Europe, Japan and the overall global economy and pointed to heightened trade tensions as a key reason. The IMF expects the world economy to grow 3.3% this year, down from 3.6% in...
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Investors monitor stock prices at a brokerage house in Beijing, Monday, April 8, 2019. Shares are mixed in Asia, after trade talks between China and the U.S. wrapped up with officials on both sides claiming progress. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
April 08, 2019 - 3:55 am
BANGKOK (AP) — Shares slipped in early trading in Europe on Monday following a mixed day in Asia after trade talks between China and the U.S. wrapped up with officials on both sides claiming progress. Britain's FTSE 100 fell 0.2% to 7,432.38, while the DAX in Germany declined 0.3% to 11,976.40. The...
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