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LATEST US DATA

Job openings rise in April to highest level since end-2000

Wholesale inventories up more than expected as sales jump, helped by stabilising oil prices

Washington

JOB openings in the United States increased to the highest level in more than 14 years, showing the labour market was solidifying gains even as the economy emerged from a first-quarter gloom.

The number of positions waiting to be filled increased by 267,000 to 5.38