consumer spending

Are Weaker Retail Sales and Higher Consumer Inflation Really Adding Up to Stagflation?

When you get a hotter-than-expected reading on the Consumer Price Index (CPI), it means prices are going up at the consumer level. Easy enough to grasp. But what happens when ...
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Why January Retail Sales Were Lower Than Expected

U.S. consumer spending increased by 3.6% year over year to $492 billion in January but dipped by 0.3% month over month from a downwardly revised December total of $493.3 billion. ...
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How Lowe’s Is About to Steal Home Depot’s Thunder

In the world of home improvement and construction supplies, investors have preferred the shares of Home Depot Inc. (NYSE HD) over Lowe's Companies Inc. (NYSE: LOW) for some time now. ...
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Personal Income and Spending Show Dilemma for Fed Rate Hike Plans

It may be the end of January, but key economic reports from December at still coming out. The personal income and outlays report from the Bureau of Economic Analysis is ...
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Are Bitter Cold and Storms Affecting Retail Sales, Particularly at Troubled Stores?

Retailers count on the weeks just after Christmas for a final push by customers to pick through inventory that was not sold over the holidays. It is often a period ...
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US 2017 Holiday Spending at Record Level

U.S. shoppers increased their spending this holiday season by 4.9% year over year and set a new record for total dollars spent. Online spending rose 18.1% year over year on ...
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6 Most Important Things in Business Today

Holiday spending rose more than expected, according to one major research group. The Wall Street Journal reported: Fueled by high consumer confidence and a robust job market, U.S. retail sales ...
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What Americans Spent in 2017

American consumers have spent $130.6 trillion so far in 2017, a 2.7% increase compared to this point in 2016. Personal expenditure by U.S. consumers accounts for two-thirds of all spending ...
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Personal Spending Outpaces Income Ahead of the Holidays

The U.S. Department of Commerce's Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) has released its report on personal income and spending for the month of November. Both indexes posted gains, but spending ...
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Conflicting Signals About Whether Holiday Sales Are Strong

The National Retail Federation keeps track of both brick-and-mortar and online sales. Its research is considered the industry's gold standard. However, it is hard to tell from its most recent ...
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6 Most Important Things in Business Today

Henry Blodget's Business Insider, one of the greatest digital media successes, will change its name to Insider, Inc., a sign of its growing influence outside business and finance. The FCC ...
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Holiday Online Shopping Totals Over $65 Billion Since November 1

Through Tuesday, online retail sales have generated more than $1 billion each day since November 1. For the 35 days, sales now total $65.15 billion, well on the way to ...
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Americans Are Making More and Spending More

Should it be a surprise that Americans are spending more as their income rises? The U.S. Department of Commerce released a strong reading on personal income and outlays (spending) for ...
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Consumer Spending Gains Confirm Strong GDP Report

Last week's unexpected 3.0% gain in gross domestic product (GDP) gave some serious support to the notion that the U.S. economy can keep growing at or above 3.0%. That report ...
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Strong Retail Sales Setting Up for 2017 Holiday Season

Is it possible that the traditional brick-and-mortar retail stores finally will not have a disappointing holiday spending cycle at the end of 2017? The chipping away by Amazon has been ...
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