Jun 14, 2013 Economists love to use the term "opportunity cost." In fact, you've probably heard it before. But what is it exactly? Senior producer and Whiteboard expert Paddy Hirsch explains.
Jun 13, 2013 Retail sales were up 0.6 percent in last month. Cars and discount stores did well in May, while department stores dragged.
P. J. O'Rourke
Jun 10, 2013 Most people remember the idea of the free market's "invisible hand," but it turns out, Adam Smith had a lot to say about consumers, too.
Jun 10, 2013 We all want our kids to get into the best colleges they can. Some families take extra measures and spend extra money in pursuit of an edge.
Jun 9, 2013 Marketplace will spend a week looking at all aspects of the consumer economy -- from businesses to workers to shoppers -- and ask: Can we keep going at this rate?
May 24, 2013 After a disappointing first quarter, CEO Bob McDonald says he will leave Procter & Gamble at the end of next month.
May 22, 2013 The latest American Customer Satisfaction Index is out, and one industry in an unfortunate spot when it comes to customer satisfaction: Internet service providers.
Stacey Vanek Smith
May 17, 2013 Retail sales rose a tenth of a percent in April. Why are people spending more and are they going back into credit card debit over these purchases?
May 15, 2013 A look at how new retail figures impact the economy.
May 15, 2013 After last month's collapse at a garment factory, retailers around the world are responding in different ways.