The Washington Post

Here's what the International Monetary Fund concluded in its annual review of the United States economy.

  • Neil Irwin
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  • Jun 14, 2013
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First jobs, now retail sales. Maybe this economy has more momentum than people realized.

  • Neil Irwin
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  • Mar 13, 2013
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January sales at major chain retailers held up nicely, though it is too soon to draw firm conclusions about how higher payroll taxes will affect consumers.

For the real story in January's jobs numbers, look at the revisions.

  • Neil Irwin
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  • Feb 1, 2013
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Growth slowed down in the fourth quarter. Here's why.

  • Neil Irwin
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  • Jan 30, 2013
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Maybe the economy can withstand Washington's fiscal brinksmanship, after all.

  • Neil Irwin
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  • Jan 28, 2013
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It's easy to forget how bad things were the last time Barack Obama was inaugurated. But in this new term, he has new economic challenges.

  • Neil Irwin
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  • Jan 22, 2013
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This ought to be a good year. Here are the ways lawmakers in Washington could blow it.

  • Neil Irwin
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  • Dec 27, 2012
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Incomes are up! Business investment is rising! Huzzah!

  • Neil Irwin
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  • Dec 21, 2012
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Some of the best performing stocks this year are of homebuilders. Why that matters for the economy in 2013.

  • Neil Irwin
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  • Dec 19, 2012
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First consumers. Now businesses. What confidence surveys are telling us about the fiscal cliff.

  • Neil Irwin
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  • Dec 11, 2012
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How to parse the muddy mess that is the November jobs report

  • Neil Irwin
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  • Dec 6, 2012
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Worldwide manufacturing indexes are pointing up, and odds of a global recession look increasingly remote.

  • Neil Irwin
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  • Dec 3, 2012
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Leading economic forecasters have downgraded their forecasts for fourth quarter growth, reflecting the impact of Hurricane Sandy and other factors.

  • Neil Irwin
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  • Nov 30, 2012
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The recession began five years ago on Saturday. Its effects are still haunting us.

  • Neil Irwin
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  • Nov 29, 2012
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An illustrated guide to the household debt that may be holding back the U.S. economy.

The latest numbers on capital goods spending by businesses give a hint on how firms are planning for the possible austerity crisis.

  • Neil Irwin
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  • Nov 27, 2012
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Black Friday sales may make for fun stories, but they tell us virtually nothing about the economy

  • Neil Irwin
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  • Nov 23, 2012
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Household debt, energy prices, and home affordability are among the economic trends to be thankful for this Thanksgiving

  • Neil Irwin
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  • Nov 21, 2012
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Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke argued that a crisp resolution of the austerity crisis is needed for the economy

  • Neil Irwin
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  • Nov 20, 2012
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