World

U.K.'s National Health Service Is in Trouble

Seventy years after its foundation, Britain’s beloved National Health Service, which delivers free care for all, struggles with chronic shortages, and politicians and experts are debating whether more public spending alone is the right solution.

World

Italy's Cautionary Lesson for Trump Drug Plan

The Trump administration has drafted an executive order that ties drug costs to performance as a way to lower health-care spending in the U.S. But a similar attempt by Italy for more than a decade hasn’t found much success.

Business

U.S. Retail Sales Rose 0.6% in March

Spending at U.S. retailers bounced back in March, but the broader trend in consumer spending shows only moderate growth despite a solid labor market and growing worker paychecks.

Business

Fed's Rosengren: Fiscal Policy Might Not Help in Next Downturn

Federal Reserve Bank of Boston President Eric Rosengren warned that recently passed tax cuts and spending increases are raising risks that authorities won’t have a full tool kit to counter the next downturn.

World

U.N. Appeals for Aid to North Korea as Donations Drop

International donors to the country have shied away in response to concerns about Pyongyang’s spending on its nuclear-weapons program.

Business

U.S. Budget Deficit Widens on Lower Revenue, Higher Spending

The U.S. government’s budget deficit widened in the first half of its fiscal year as spending rose faster than revenues compared with the first six months of fiscal 2017.

Business

Native Advertising Growth Projected to Slow

Research firm eMarketer expects most of the growth in native ad spending in U.S. to come from mobile

Business

Tax, Spending Laws Will Widen Budget Deficits, Boost Growth

Congress’s nonpartisan scorekeeper is predicting wider budget deficits and somewhat stronger economic growth over the coming years due to recent legislation to cut taxes and boost government spending.

Business

Retailers Worry Food-Stamp Overhaul Will Hit Them Hard

The beleaguered grocery sector faces a new threat: the possible loss of tens of billions of dollars of spending by low-income shoppers.

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