Jun 14, 2013 Can we afford the consumer economy? Yes, but there are costs. And not all of them have dollar signs attached. Let's talk about values.
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 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.
May 16, 2013 Temperatures were down across much of the United States, causing consumers to huddle at home instead of going out.
May 15, 2013 It's a big week for department-store earnings. How are they faring in the stutter-step economic recovery?
Apr 1, 2013 Consumers had a strong February -- spending jumped 0.7 percent and personal income rose 1.1 percent.