consumer spending

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Millennials Plan to Spend $290 on Valentine’s Day Activities

One of the memes currently making that rounds is that millennials care less about stuff like cars and houses, and more about experiences like dining out or taking vacations. More ...
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Would Regulators Allow Mattel and Hasbro to Merge?

Sometimes you hear great merger stories. Other times merger stories sound like they could be made up. And then there are the mergers that would get a close review from ...
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Personal Income Rising, Spending Flat

The Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) has released its reading on personal income and outlays (spending) for the month of December. Some of the data may have been seen in ...
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Consumers Have Cash Thanks to Cheap Oil: 4 Retail Stocks Than Can Benefit Big

Face it, every time you fill up your car, truck or sport utility vehicle, you shake your head a little when you see the total to pay. A short two ...
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In Walmart Store Closings, Texas Loses Out Far Worse Than California

When big companies announce store closures, it means a loss of jobs, empty store locations, and generally doesn't bode well for the immediate area. So what is the impact when the likes ...
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US Workers to Get 3% Raise in 2016

U.S. workers can expect a 3% pay raise, at least according to the Hay Group 2016 Global Salary Forecast. American workers will do slightly better than those around the world, ...
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Christmas Shopping for Rich and Poor

It might go without saying that the richer people are, the more they spend on holiday season gifts. Is there any way to measure that objectively? A start-up called Paribus ...
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Amazon Best Seller List Includes Lego and PS4 Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) lists its top 100 selling products, a list that is updated every hour. During the holiday sales crush, these items have included a PlayStation 4 console ...
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8 Shopping Days ‘Til Christmas — and Free Shipping

Free shipping, which is not really free, for speedy delivery of items sent to reach an address in a day or so has become an essential tool for retailers as ...
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Best Buy Offers Apple Watch for $49

In what sounds as though it may be the best deal of the holiday shopping season, Best Buy Co. Inc. (NYSE: BBY) launched an offer for consumers who want an ...
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20% of US Consumers Ready to Shop on Christmas Day

Not many retail stores are open on Christmas Day, but if they were, nearly one-fifth of Americans would set the eggnog aside and head for the mall. Among millennials, the ...
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Middle Class No Longer Majority, May Hurt GDP

The American middle class has lost its position as the financial majority, and its prospects are dropping quickly. The news cannot be good for the U.S. economy, which counts on ...
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Which Companies Get Hit When Gun Sales Rise?

The Sandy Hook effect is a well-known phenomenon in the firearm and personal defense space. It describes the boost in sales of guns in the wake of a shooting incident, ...
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Texas: Home to the Biggest Holiday Spending Budgets in the US

The National Retail Federation (NRF) has estimated that the average holiday season shopper will spend $805.65 this year, the most ever and up a little over $3.00 from last year. ...
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Top 5 Ways to Save Money Over the Holidays

The holiday season is known for lavish food, gifts and time spent with friends and family. Of course this does come at a price, and sometime after New Year’s Day ...
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