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Moviegoers Want Low Ticket Prices

Moviegoers want lower ticket prices. This obvious conclusion is part of a new study by consulting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers. The study, part of the PwC Consumer Intelligence Survey, attempts to discover ...
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Consumer Conundrum: Lower Gas Prices Not Adding to Retail Sales

Plummeting oil prices are supposed to act as a huge pay raise for consumers. After all, less money filling up your car means more to spend elsewhere. Needless to say, ...
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The Bullish and Bearish Case for Coca-Cola in 2015

With the bull market nearing its sixth year, the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose by 7.5% and the S&P 500 Index rose by 11.4% in 2014. Those gains are not ...
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Holiday Retail Winners and Losers

Rising employment and lower gasoline prices both pumped some life into this year’s holiday shopping season, but there are going to winners and losers when the dust finally settles. Black ...
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Online shopping

Online Sales Surge 8.3% on Christmas Day

IBM Digital Analytics tracks nationwide retail sales throughout the holidays, and its survey indicates online sales rose 8.3% on Christmas Day. While that seems like a surge, it might be a ...
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Credit cards

Walmart Will Exchange Gift Cards From More Than 200 Merchants

Unused gift cards are a $750 million bonus payment to the card issuers. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (NYSE: WMT) spotted an opportunity here and is kicking off an offer that begins ...
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Online shopping

Are Online Holiday Sales Up Enough?

For the season to date, $48.3 billion has been spent online in the United States, according to comScore, a leader in measuring sales in the digital world. Its holiday online sales ...
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shopping

Personal Income and Spending: Par for the Course

The U.S. Department of Commerce released the numbers for personal income and spending for the month of November. Personal income increased 0.4%, compared to a Bloomberg consensus estimate of 0.5%. ...
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holiday shopping

Stores Stay Open Longer for Last-Minute Shoppers

It is either a sign that sales have been poor and retailers are going all-out to pick up more revenue any way they can, or it is a sign that ...
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Shopping Cart Full of Christmas Presents

More Than a Third of Americans Will Be Shopping This Saturday

Retailers don’t call the last Saturday before Christmas “super” for no reason. More than a third (36%) of shoppers polled in Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (NYSE: WMT) stores last Saturday plan ...
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Will Winter Hurt GDP Recovery?

On occasion, some set of experts will revise U.S. GDP forecasts downward. While American consumer spending remains strong, weak economies overseas may lose some of their need for U.S. exports. ...
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U.S. Standard of Living Improved in 2014

While many Americans believe that unemployment and gridlock in Washington have gone a long way to ruin this year, much of the population does not see it that way. Based ...
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Low Customer Satisfaction Hampering Holiday Spending?

For three consecutive quarters, the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI) has been declining, and the recent 0.7% drop in the third could indicate weak spending growth for the important fourth ...
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Online shopping

Cyber Monday Closes Out 5-Day Online Shopping Spree

For the five-day “Cyber Week” from Thanksgiving Day through Cyber Monday, total online sales increased 12.6%, with mobile sales up 27.2% compared to the same period in 2013. Total online ...
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Holiday Retail Sales in Trouble Over Black Friday Weekend

The National Retail Federation (NRF), an association that represents the nation's largest retailers, reported that the Black Friday weekend was a disaster. The information bodes poorly for the balance of ...
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