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The Labor Department said no claims were estimated last week. Claims have been volatile in recent weeks, with some economists saying an early Thanksgiving holiday had pulled forward seasonal layoffs, throwing off a model that the government uses to smooth the data for seasonal fluctuations. The four-week moving average of initial claims, considered a better measure of labor market trends as it irons out week-to-week volatility, fell 2,750 to 222,000 last week. A jump in filings to an eight-month high of 235,000 during the week ended Nov. 24 had stirred concerns the labor market was slowing.
U.S, financial markets were little moved by the data as investors digested the Fed’s interest rate decision and projections for monetary policy next antique tiffany cufflinks year, U.S, Treasury yields fell to more than eight-month lows, The dollar .DXY dropped against a basket of currencies and U.S, stocks were trading lower, Last week’s claims data covered the survey period for the nonfarm payrolls component of December’s employment report, Claims fell 11,000 between the November and December survey weeks, suggesting some improvement in job growth this month..
Nonfarm payrolls increased by 155,000 jobs last month after surging by 237,000 in October. November’s slowdown in job growth was largely blamed on a shortage of workers amid a tight labor market. The unemployment rate is near a 49-year low of 3.7 percent and not too far from the Fed’s forecast of 3.5 percent by the end of 2019. “Payrolls should post a solid gain and the unemployment rate has a strong chance of slipping to 3.6 percent,” said John Ryding, chief economist at RDQ Economics in New York.
Tightening labor market conditions are pushing up wage growth, helping to underpin consumer spending, In a separate report on Thursday, the Philadelphia Fed said its business conditions index fell to a reading of 9.4 in December, That was the lowest level since August 2016 and followed a reading of 12.9 in November, The moderation in manufacturing in the region that covers eastern Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey and antique tiffany cufflinks Delaware is broadly in line with other data suggesting some softening in national factory activity amid slowing global demand..
A report from the New York Fed earlier this week showed a sharp drop in its Empire State manufacturing index in December. “The manufacturing sector is more exposed than the overall economy to slowing in foreign growth,” said Jim O’Sullivan, chief U.S. economist at High Frequency Economics in White Plains, New York. Manufacturers in the mid-Atlantic region, however, continued to report overall higher employment. The survey’s measure of factory employment increased to a reading of 18.3 this month from 16.3 in November.
(Reuters) - Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc (WBA.O) said on Thursday it would consolidate warehouses and shut some antique tiffany cufflinks stores as part of a cost-cutting plan aimed at saving more than $1 billion annually, Shares of the company, however, fell nearly 3 percent as the company’s international business suffered mainly due to weak demand in Britain, where its market share gains were offset by a weak retail environment, The company operates nearly 2,500 stores in the UK, roughly half its non-U.S, stores, making it vulnerable to Brexit-related uncertainties..
“Walgreens’ overall profitability was not as strong as we would have liked. This, in our view, was due to lower demand in the United Kingdom,” Edward Jones analyst John Boylan said. The cost-cutting program, which is expected to save more than $1 billion by the end of the third year, comes as the company consolidates 1,932 stores acquired from Rite Aid Corp (RAD.N) last year for $4.38 billion. The company said its pharmaceutical wholesale division and retail businesses in Chile and Mexico were part of its cost-saving plan, which is expected to result in significant restructuring and other special charges.
International retail sales fell 5.9 percent to $2.9 billion, while same-store sales at its U.S, retail stores, where it sells over-the-counter drugs and personal care products, fell 3.2 percent, “We were facing a tough year-ago comp number that was boosted by the impact of hurricanes and a very strong cough-cold flu antique tiffany cufflinks season,” Chief Financial Officer James Kehoe said on a conference call, U.S, retail sales also took a hit as the company scaled back sales of certain products including tobacco..