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Shoppers walk down Broadway in Manhattan in New York City.

Consumer sentiment and retail sales

Dec 12, 2014
The monthly Index of Consumer Sentiment has clues about holiday sales numbers.
Posted In: consumer sentiment, consumer, consumer confidence, Retail
Shoppers walk down Regents Street during Boxing Day sales last year in London.

This is what happens when you don't shop for a year

Nov 28, 2014
Six rules for better shopping.
Posted In: shopping, Saving, consumer, conscious consumerism
Walgreens

Why Walgreens stepped back from the inversion brink

Aug 6, 2014
One reason Walgreens chose not to move to the UK: it's a consumer-facing company.
Posted In: Walgreens, corporate inversion, consumer
Best Buy Online

The best days of the week to shop

May 30, 2014
Forget the weekends. Spend your money mid-week in order to get the best deals.
Posted In: shopping, spending, consumer

Keep the change: The psychology of tipping

Mar 21, 2014
To tip or not to tip? Starbucks is trying to make that decision as easy as a text message.
Posted In: tipping, consumer

Why buy? Memories of a music consumer

Mar 7, 2014
Earlier this year, Billboard reported the first drop in digital music sales since the iTunes store made its debut in 2003. CD sales continued their steady decline and overall album sales experienced an 8.4% drop.
Posted In: Music, buying music, consumer, CD, mp3

Dissatisfied customer? Assert your consumer rights

Jun 21, 2013
What to do when a negative customer service experience turns into a nightmare? LA Times consumer columnist David Lazarus discusses how to assert your consumer rights to achieve satisfaction.
Posted In: consumer

Podcast: Consume all of 'Consumed' in one sitting

Jun 14, 2013
Every once in a while we like to take a step back and look at the big picture. This week, the Sustainability desk did just that with "Consumed."
Posted In: podcast, consumer

Economic value check: How much is enough?

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.
Posted In: consumer, Sports, baseball

Opportunity cost: A simple Whiteboard explainer

Jun 13, 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.
Posted In: opportunity, opportunity cost, consumer

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