Nike is going on sale, and its stock is plunging

New York CNN Business  —  Add Nike to the list of brands and stores discounting excess merchandise to clear it off shelves. Nike (NKE) said Thursday its inventory levels soared 65% in North America, its largest market, and 44% overall last quarter from a year ago. After navigating limited supply in 2021 Nike is now … Read more

US officials troubled by controversial UK tax cut plan

New York CNN  —  US officials are increasingly troubled by the United Kingdom’s proposal to slash taxes at a time of crushing inflation, a plan that has ignited turbulence in financial markets. UK Prime Minister Liz Truss’s tax-cut plan has drawn criticism from economists and investors and prompted the Bank of England to calm panicked … Read more

Trump won’t have to back up claims about FBI planting evidence in court after judge rejects part of special master’s plan

CNN  —  US District Judge Aileen Cannon, who granted Donald Trump’s request for a third-party review of the Mar-a-Lago search, rejected part of the special master’s plan that would have forced the former President’s legal team to back up his out-of-court claims that the FBI planted evidence. The special master, US District Judge Raymond Dearie, … Read more

Think mortgage rates are high now? Homebuyers in the 1980s were paying 19%

Think mortgage rates are high now? Connie Strait remembers when she was starting her career in real estate in the early 1980s and buyers were contending with rates three times higher. Strait recalled one couple who were actually relieved when they locked in a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage at 19% in September 1981. The couple had … Read more

Used cars have become unaffordable

New York CNN Business  —  High prices and rising interest rates are putting used cars out of reach for a growing number of car shoppers. That’s bad news for CarMax, the nation’s largest used car dealer. CarMax reported Thursday that its earnings plunged 54% as the number of cars it sold in the quarter fell … Read more

Latest GDP reading confirms the US economy shrank for two straight quarters, supporting one definition of a recession

Minneapolis CNN Business  —  The US economy shrank by 0.6% during the second quarter of the year, according to the latest gross domestic product estimate from the Bureau of Economic Analysis released Thursday. That matches the most recent GDP estimate and shows the economy was in contraction for the entire first half of the year … Read more

Latest jobless claims fall to 193,000, underscoring still-tight labor market

Minneapolis CNN Business  —  The number of first-time claims for unemployment benefits dropped considerably last week, underscoring how employers are holding on tightly to workers as the labor market remains full of opportunities for job hunters. Initial claims for unemployment insurance were 193,000 for the week ended September 24, down 16,000 from a downwardly revised … Read more

The UK is gripped by an economic crisis of its own making

London CNN Business  —  A week ago, the Bank of England took a stab in the dark. It raised interest rates by a relatively modest half a percentage point to tackle inflation. It couldn’t know the scale of the storm that was about to break. Less than 24 hours later, the government of new UK … Read more

Markets in a tailspin get a big dose of chill from the Bank of England

This story is part of CNN Business’ Nightcap newsletter. To get it in your inbox, sign up for free, here. New York CNN Business  —  All the drama out of the UK government is keeping me from catching up on the only UK drama I really want to consume, which is Love Island, season 8, … Read more

The Truss tax plan cushions the wealthy while pushing borrowers toward a financial cliff

This story is part of CNN Business’ Nightcap newsletter. To get it in your inbox, sign up for free, here. New York CNN Business  —  After tumbling to a record low against the dollar, the British pound stabilized Tuesday, rising more than 1% to $1.08. But the economic policy that sparked the currency’s historic nosedive … Read more