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A Saturday shopping trip leads to some big questions

Jun 10, 2013
A Saturday shopping trip started out fairly innocently... and ended with some big questions about our consumer economy and whether it is sustainable long-term.
Posted In: consumer behavior, consumer spending

Can we afford the consumer economy?

Jun 7, 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?
Posted In: consumer, consumer spending

We're spending less on things that are getting cheaper

May 31, 2013
In February, then March, Americans spent more money than the month before. But today there's news that consumer spending dropped a tenth percent in April.
Posted In: consumer spending

What's behind the uptick in consumer spending?

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?
Posted In: Retail, consumer spending

Signs of weakness in how much we make and how much we spend

Apr 29, 2013
U.S. personal income and consumer spending increased by 0.2 percent in March. Julia Coronado, chief economist with the investment bank BNP Paribas, discusses the numbers and what they mean for the economy.
Posted In: consumer spending, income, Taxes

How much is too much spending on big life events?

Apr 26, 2013
A Visa study finds that prom costs about $1,100 -- but kids from families with incomes under $50,000, and kids with single parents, spend more on prom. Turns out there’s a long tradition of chastising the poor for spending “too much” on big life events.
Posted In: prom, wedding, consumer spending

Personal income, spending up for American consumers

Apr 1, 2013
Consumers had a strong February -- spending jumped 0.7 percent and personal income rose 1.1 percent.
Posted In: consumer, consumer spending, income

Chinese consumers hit tough times

Mar 11, 2013
Global markets are mixed this morning after China reported that inflation hit a ten-month high in February and consumer spending came in worse than expected.
Posted In: China, consumer spending, inflation

The enduring impact of the fiscal cliff

Jan 31, 2013
The fiscal cliff debate may have ended on January 1st, but if you thought that was the last you'd heard of it, think again.
Posted In: fiscal cliff, consumer spending

GDP drops 0.1 percent but other economic indicators continue to rise

Jan 30, 2013
A Commerce Department report out today shows that GDP fell 0.1 percent last quarter, but consumer spending, business investment and employment continue to rise.
Posted In: GDP, Economy, consumer spending, investment, employment

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