Jan 13, 2012 The numbers are in and -- economic downturn or not -- 2011 was the best retail sales year ever! So what's behind that surprising data?
Dec 23, 2011 Tess speaks with author James Livingston, who argues that consumer culture is good for the economy, the environment, and your soul.
Dec 27, 2011 A rare treat for listeners! Tess discusses the ins and outs of 2011 with all four of our regulars, Chris Farrell, Kathy Kristof, David Lazarus and Liz Weston.
Dec 23, 2011 Congress has passed the payroll tax cut extension. We take a look at what the means for consumers. We have some numbers for you: Consumer spending grew just 0.1 percent in November, while orders for U.S. factory goods went up 3.8 percent. Plus, what is the most pessimistic country in the world? And find out which professions receive the biggest holiday tips.
Dec 23, 2011 Consumer spending eeked up just 0.1 percent in November, despite stories of strong holiday sales. What does that mean about the health of our economy?
Dec 30, 2011 Tess talks with David Lazarus, Kathy Kristof, Liz Weston and Chris Farrell about what we might be able to expect in 2012.
Dec 10, 2011 From July to September, American families purchased more, even as their net worth shrank faster than it has at any time since the worst of the financial crisis.
Dec 23, 2011 Author James Livingston discusses why he's against thriftiness, and how more spending would benefit our economy and souls.
Nov 18, 2011 Marketplace's Nancy Marshall-Genzer looks at the pros and cons of buying refurbished items, as she shops for a new (or refurbished) phone.