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BUSINESS
March 27, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu
Gas that costs nearly $4 a gallon seems to be a consumer confidence-killer, pushing one measure of how Americans feel in March down off a 1-year high. The monthly index compiled by the Conference Board slipped to 70.2 from 71.6 in February. The small tumble demonstrates the lingering ambiguity of falling home prices (signaling a weak housing market) amid an improving job market . It's not quite the all-time low of 25.3, which the index reached in February 2009, but the measure is also nowhere near the 90 level that signals a healthy economy.
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BUSINESS
May 17, 2012 | By Ricardo Lopez
Almost 40% of Los Angeles small businesses owners are confident the local economy will improve in the next year and boost their businesses, according to survey results released by Bank of America on Thursday. The inaugural survey of 1,000 small businesses nationwide asked owners about their outlook on the economy and concerns that may affect their businesses.   About three-quarter of the businesses surveyed were worried about the strength of the U.S. dollar and commodities prices, such as gas and oil, the survey found.
WORLD
January 29, 2010 | By John M. Glionna and Coco Masters
For 15 years, Tokyo taxi driver Kiyomi Hashimoto has been a loyal Toyota man. Not once has he considered changing brands or even the possibility of car problems. But now, sitting in his black Prius, pondering the news of Toyota's recent U.S. recalls, there are cracks in his once armor-plated confidence in the world's biggest automaker. "I never once thought I'd have a problem before," he said. "Now, I'm not so sure." News that the preeminent icon of Japanese industry had halted U.S. sales of eight popular models because of a design defect -- after issuing recalls of 7.6 million cars and trucks in the U.S. in the last few months -- has had a sickening effect on the national psyche.
BUSINESS
August 14, 1994 | JAMES FLANIGAN
Mexico is about to offer the world a live demonstration of how important faith and confidence are to an economy. If its national elections next Sunday are carried out "cleanly"--without tampering or egregious vote fraud--then no matter which presidential candidate comes out ahead, confidence in Mexico will surge.
NEWS
April 14, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
New York City's police union voted no-confidence in the city's police commissioner, who has come under fire for actions rank-and-file officers say would get them in trouble--such as using detectives to chauffeur guests at his daughter's wedding. Police Commissioner Howard Safir is also under attack for taking a trip to the Oscars, courtesy of a Revlon executive, and other actions.
SPORTS
August 7, 1986 | CHRIS COBBS, Times Staff Writer
The biggest Charger is James FitzPatrick. The fastest, Gary Anderson. The oldest, Charlie Joiner. There can be no doubting any of these claims--they're easy to measure and record. Some other attributes, like self-confidence, may be more subjective, but still produce a solid consensus. Most of the team's players and followers probably would agree that the cockiest Charger is cornerback Wayne Davis.
BUSINESS
August 10, 2005 | From Reuters
A quarterly U.S. survey of small-business owners shows that confidence and optimism have fallen, matching a low in 2004, in part because of worries over record gasoline prices. The Wells Fargo/Gallup small-business index fell to 99 in June from 110 in March. That matched the level in September 2004 and is the lowest since a 93 reading in December 2003.
SPORTS
October 28, 2012 | By Kevin Baxter
A victory wasn't the only thing the Galaxy took away from Sunday's 1-0 win over the Seattle Sounders. In fact, with its playoff opener just four days away, the result wasn't even the most important thing. What the Galaxy really needed was to prove its fitness and restore its confidence - and it did both, getting solid performances from a hobbled Landon Donovan and a gimpy David Beckham while winning for the first time in more than a month. "Psychologically, it could play a big part," said striker Robbie Keane, who set up second-half substitute Mike Magee for the game's only goal in the 83rd minute.
BUSINESS
December 8, 2012 | Don Lee
The U.S. economy maintained a moderate pace of job growth last month despite the devastation from Superstorm Sandy, but the unexpectedly bright news was tempered by signs that consumers have joined businesses in worrying about the "fiscal cliff. " The Labor Department said employers added 146,000 jobs in November, about twice as many as analysts had predicted and just shy of the monthly average over the last year. The unemployment rate fell to a four-year low of 7.7% from 7.9% in October, confounding forecasts that the rate would tick back up to 8%. Retail payrolls surged for the second straight month, healthcare kept up its solid growth and the information sector added more jobs last month than it has in years, thanks to gains in the motion picture and recording industries.
NEWS
October 31, 1985 | Associated Press
Italy's president used a rarely invoked constitutional procedure today to revive Premier Bettino Craxi's coalition government, which fell over its handling of the Achille Lauro hijacking. President Francesco Cossiga, during a half-hour meeting with Craxi, rejected the Socialist leader's 2-week-old resignation and told him to seek a vote of confidence for the coalition in Parliament.
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