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2009-07-14 09:22:00

NEW YORK, July 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Standard & Poor's, the world's leading index provider, announced today that for fiscal year 2008, S&P 500 companies with full reporting information posted 47.9% of their sales from outside of the United States versus 45.8% in 2007 and 43.6% in 2006. The data is derived from the 253 companies within the S&P 500 that have full reporting information. "Despite the global recession's impact on local markets, companies are continuing to generate more...

2009-06-18 08:16:32

Consumer prices in Canada rose 0.1 percent in the 12 months to May 2009, led principally by price drops in energy products, Statistics Canada said Thursday. While energy costs rose 4.4 on a monthly basis, the agency said the Consumer Price Index was down based on the 18.3 percent year-over-year price drop for energy products. Excluding energy, the CPI rose 2.3 percent with upward pressure coming primarily from increased food prices, the report said. Food costs rose 6.4 percent in the 12...

2009-06-17 09:38:24

The Consumer Price Index rose 0.1 percent in May keeping fears of deflation at bay for another month, the U.S. Department of Labor said Tuesday. Core prices, which exclude food and energy costs, also rose 0.1 percent, in line with expectations. Economists had expected a sharper rise in the energy and food inclusive CPI index, predicting a gain of 0.3 percent. But the standout figure is the 1.3 percent drop in prices over the past 12 months, the largest annual drop since 1950, the department...

2009-06-16 10:07:47

The Producer Price Index for finished goods in the United States rose slightly in May, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Tuesday. The PPI rose 0.2 percent during the month, an indication inflation was still in check. Core prices, which exclude energy and food items, shrank 0.1 percent, as energy prices rose a less-than-expected 2.9 percent and food prices fell 1.6 percent. In the past 12 months, prices for finished goods have fallen 5 percent, the bureau said. Finished energy goods...

2009-05-20 07:19:37

Canada's Consumer Price Index increased 0.4 percent on an annual basis in April, markedly down from March's 1.2 percent gain, Statistics Canada reported. The biggest factor in the cost of living gain was food. Grocery prices rose 7.12 percent on an annual basis. Excluding food, the CPI fell 1.1 percent in the 12 months to April, StatsCan said. Within the food sector, fresh vegetable prices were up 26 percent, fresh fruit rose 16.8 percent, cereal products increased 9.6 percent, beef and...

2009-05-15 09:03:57

The Consumer Price Index dropped further from April 2008 to April 2009 than in any 12-month period since 1955, the U.S. Labor Department said Friday. Prices dropped 0.7 percent during the period but were unchanged compared to March, suggesting the a period of deflation was unlikely. The price index was heavily influenced by food and energy price fluctuations while core prices remained relatively stable. Compared to a year ago, energy prices have dropped 25.2 percent, the report said. Indexes...

2009-05-10 22:14:13

China said Monday its consumer price index fell 1.5 percent in April from the year-ago level, the third straight monthly decline in the inflation index. The figures were announced by the National Bureau of Statistics, the state-run Xinhua news agency reported. China's CPI index had dropped 1.6 percent in February year on year, the first such fall since October 2002, and 1.2 percent in March. The agency said China's producer price index, which measures inflation at the wholesale level, dropped...

2009-04-22 02:05:00

PROVIDENCE, R.I., April 22 /PRNewswire/ -- With the unemployment rate at a startling high and the prices of necessities rising even as many household budgets shrink, making informed purchasing decisions matters now more than ever. That's where a new website called WhatitCosts.com comes in. This website is a valuable resource helping consumers navigate the range of prices for everything from eco-friendly baby clothing to contact lenses to the cost of joining a gym. "The age of out of...

2009-04-21 10:32:06

British retail prices sank in March for the first time since 1960, indicating a period of deflation had set in, the National Statistics Office said. The monthly retail price index registered minus 0.4 percent in the month compared to a break-even zero percent in February. The consumer price index also dropped in the month from 3.2 percent in February to 2.9 percent. Similar factors pressured prices for consumers and retailers, the NSO said. Additionally, depreciation of homes and mortgage...

2009-04-17 07:07:30

Higher food and shelter costs drove Canadian consumer prices up 1.2 percent in March on an annual basis, Statistics Canada reported from Ottawa Friday. Food prices rose 7.9 percent during the 12-month period on the heels of a 7.4 percent rise in February. It was the largest jump since November 1986, the federal agency said. A 12-month price increase of 54.9 percent for potatoes pushed up vegetable prices, the report said. This occurred largely as a result of poor harvests in Canada that led...