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For first-time homebuyers, 2018 won't be any easier

Prospective buyers who struggled to find a home in 2017 aren't likely to find the quest any easier in 2018.The biggest hurdle will be a familiar one: the nationwide shortage of homes for sale. Supply dropped more than 12 percent…

How decades of bad decisions broke GE

General Electric has been a piston of the American economic engine for 125 years. It pioneered the light bulb and the jet engine. It survived the Great Depression, the dot-com crash and the 2008 financial meltdown.

Washington retail sales up 5 percent

Seasonal growth in sales of lawn and garden equipment and continued increases in drug and health store sales helped boost second-quarter taxable retail sales 5 percent over the same period in 2016, reaching a total of $38.6 billion.