The economy grew at a healthy clip in the third quarter, which could help give the Federal Reserve confidence to raise interest rates next month.
U.S. stock indexes closed slightly lower in quiet trading Monday after a week of strong gains, while a big health care deal failed to impress investors.
Housing starts in October fell to a seven-month low, but a surge in building permits suggested the housing market remained on solid ground.
U.S. productivity slowed in the summer, while labor costs rebounded yet stayed at a level suggesting only modest inflation pressures.
Employers maintained a steady pace of hiring in October and a jump in new orders buoyed activity in the services sector - healthy signs for the economy.
New orders for U.S. factory goods fell for a second straight month in September as the manufacturing sector continues to struggle.
The U.S. auto industry is on track for a record year, GM says, as the top U.S. automaker and its rivals report October sales that far exceed expectations.
Manufacturing activity slowed in October for a fourth straight month, but a rise in new orders offered hope for a sector buffeted by a strong dollar.
Consumer spending in September recorded its smallest gain in eight months as income barely rose, suggesting some cooling in domestic demand.
Contracts to buy previously owned U.S. homes fell unexpectedly in September, a warning sign that the housing market recovery may be stumbling.
U.S. stocks ended higher Friday and the S&P 500 notched a third week of gains, helped by upbeat consumer sentiment data and gains in General Electric.
Industrial production fell for a second straight month in September on renewed weakness in oil and gas drilling.
Consumer prices recorded their biggest drop in eight months in September as the cost of gasoline fell.
Americans increased spending at auto dealers, restaurants and clothiers in September, but cheaper gasoline prices suppressed overall retail sales growth.
Exports took a hit from an ailing global economy in August and imports from China surged, fueling the largest expansion of the trade deficit in five months.
Service-sector growth slowed in September as sales fell and new orders plunged, evidence that consumer confidence may have been affected by Wall Street.
The S&P 500 and Nasdaq rose Thursday in a choppy start to the fourth quarter as investors awaited September's jobs report and the start of earnings season.
The pace of factory growth slowed in September while new jobless claims pointed to a tightening labor market, giving mixed messages on the economy's health.
Automakers booked double-digit sales gains last month in the U.S. market, helped by strong growth from key brands like Jeep and a later Labor Day holiday.