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Rising Cash-Out Refinancings: Return of the Housing Bubble or Normalcy?

If you were in the business of flipping houses or buying a home and using it as a personal piggy bank each time the equity in the home rose, you ...
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American Consumer Spending Continues to Falter

The consumer may have returned to malls and retail stores, but he remains wary about what he believes he can spend. Based on the portion of gross domestic product (GDP) ...
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Education

Will ‘Back to School Spending’ Hurt Holiday Retail Sales?

As the economy recovers slowly, among the most critical questions about GDP recovery is how much money Americans actually have to spend for more than essentials. High energy and food ...
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Do People Really Hate McDonald’s?

A new survey from Consumer Reports indicates that people queried prefer food from Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. (NYSE: CMG) and Panda Express over what is offered by McDonald's Corp. (NYSE: ...
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Are Lower Food Prices Coming?

Commodity prices for corn, wheat and soybeans have tumbled in the past three months and could fall even further as plenty of rain and warm -- but not too warm ...
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Where Are Walmart’s Customers Going?

An improving job market has not helped Wal-Mart Stores Inc.'s (NYSE: WMT) sales. Bill Simon, CEO of Walmart U.S., made that observation to Reuters. What he did not say is ...
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Used Car

Is That Used Car a Good Value or a Scam?

We have all heard the warning, "If it sounds too good to be true it probably is." And if you're in the market for a used car this weekend, you ...
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Gas Prices Rise Above $4 in Several States

The AAA forecasts that gasoline prices over the July 4th holiday will be the highest since 2008. Hurricane Arthur, creeping up the East Coast, may drive them even higher in ...
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Gas Prices Move Toward $4

Gasoline prices, which have been inching higher for months, now top $3.67 per gallon for regular, on average, nationwide. At some point, the rising price will batter consumer spending, although ...
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Personal Income and Spending May Limit Q2 GDP Recovery

We have already seen a slightly lower reading on weekly jobless claims on Thursday, but the more important report is on personal income and spending. The U.S. Commerce Department reported ...
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Walmart Works to Increase Father’s Day Sales

Only a handful of holidays give retailers a chance to pick up sales beyond those they make on regular days. While Christmas is at the top of the list, it ...
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Retail Sales in May to Act as GDP Drag

Retail sales in May rose by only 0.3% on the headline data, short of the Dow Jones target of 0.7% and short of the Bloomberg target of 0.6%. The number ...
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Costco Sales Rise 8% in May

Costco (NASDAQ: COST) today announced its sales numbers for May, and the company watched total sales rise 8% year-over-year to $8.8 billion for the four weeks ending June 1. For the ...
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Are These Grocery Stores About to Shoot Themselves in the Foot?

Although there's something to be said for not needing a trolley car to go from one side of a grocery store to the other just to pick up a few ...
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Is There No End to Luxury Car Sales Growth in America?

U.S. auto sales turned out to have an incredible month of sales in May. The news was good almost universally (except for the VW brand), but the luxury car market ...
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