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Leading Economic Indicators Running Higher

A Thursday economic report from The Conference Board was its index of leading indicators for the month of February. We always warn readers that leading indicators may not be as ...
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Consumer Confidence Tanked in February When It Was Supposed to Rise

The Conference Board has released its Consumer Confidence Index for February, and the news is not good. After increasing to 79.4 in January, the reading fell to 78.1 in February. ...
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Consumer Confidence Starts 2014 With Handy Gains

The Conference Board has released its Consumer Confidence Index for January. The good news for the economy is that it is far better than the horrific durable goods report from ...
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Consumer Sentiment Holds Strong in December

The revised consumer sentiment report from Reuters/University of Michigan is out, and the second December reading hit 82.5 for the month. The prior report was also 82.5, and the Bloomberg ...
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Consumer Sentiment Takes a Huge Santa Jump Higher in December

The Reuters/University of Michigan Consumer Sentiment report rose to 82.5 for the preliminary December report, from a final November reading of 75.1. Dow Jones was calling for only 76.5, and ...
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Retails Sales, Looking Beyond Thanksgiving And Black Friday

The deals are good enough and promotions aggressive enough that the millions of Americans who are supposed to shop on Thanksgiving and Black Friday will. However, retailers face the same puzzle ...
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Private Sector Report Challenges Labor Department Jobs Strength

Last Friday's report from the Department of Labor was so strong, with more than 200,000 payrolls created in October, that we figured the report had to be riddled with errors. ...
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Consumer Sentiment Not Recovering with Jobs

After the Labor Department stunned the market with much stronger payrolls data, the market is going to get to deal with a new reading on consumer sentiment. The Reuters/University of ...
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U.S Retail Sales Confirm Shaky Consumer Confidence

Retails sales in the United States totaled $425.9 billion in September, according to new data from the U.S. Census Bureau. That was a seasonally adjusted 0.1% decrease from the previous ...
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Consumer Confidence Tanked in October

The latest economic reading is the Conference Board's report on monthly consumer confidence for October. The title of the report was "Consumer Confidence Decreases Sharply in October," but this easily could ...
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Consumer Sentiment Worse Than Preliminary Report and Expectations

The Reuters/University of Michigan Consumer Sentiment for the end of October is a revised report, but this came in at 73.2. What is interesting is that the preliminary report was ...
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How Badly Do Christmas Retail Sales Get Hit?

The CEO of the National Retail Federation, Matthew Shay, penned a letter that stated the organization's position on how badly its members could be harmed by the government shutdown and lack of ...
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Economic Confidence Nears 2011 Debt Ceiling Debate Lows

Some people may be happy to see the federal government taking some time off, but the fallout is threatening to cripple many businesses and consumers alike. Now we have yet ...
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Retailers Hiring the Most Employees for the Holidays

As the holiday season approaches, retailers are preparing for the busiest shopping time of the year by increasing their workforces. Five of the nation’s largest retailers will add nearly 300,000 ...
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Consumer Confidence Already Falling Before Government Shutdown

Despite all the economic improvements and the controversy around whether Ben Bernanke should have tapered the bond buying, the Conference Board is showing a slight drop in the latest consumer ...
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