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Consumer spending up 0.8% in February

Mar 30, 2012
Consumer spending was the big surprise of the morning. The government said Americans spent 0.8 percent more in February.
Posted In: consumer confidence, consumer spending, durable goods

What to fear more: Inflation vs. deflation

Jan 30, 2012
The news that Americans are saving more is a mixed blessing, and could also increase our risk of deflation.
Posted In: deflation, consumer spending, inflation

Thrift is in

Jan 30, 2012
People are still trying to save more.
Posted In: Savings, personal savings rate, consumer spending

Week in review: Consumers are spending again!

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?
Posted In: consumer spending

Getting Personal: A look back over a long, hard year

Dec 23, 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.
Posted In: employment, Jobs, Education, inflation, consumer spending, election

PODCAST: Who gets the big holiday tips, impact of the payroll tax cut extension

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.
Posted In: consumer spending, France, payroll tax, tips

How much are people in the mood to spend?

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?
Posted In: consumer spending

Embrace your inner spender

Dec 23, 2011
Tess speaks with author James Livingston, who argues that consumer culture is good for the economy, the environment, and your soul.
Posted In: consumer spending

What's on the menu for next year?

Dec 21, 2011
Tess talks with David Lazarus, Kathy Kristof, Liz Weston and Chris Farrell about what we might be able to expect in 2012.
Posted In: employment, Jobs, Education, inflation, consumer spending, election

Americans purchase more even as net worth shrinks

Dec 9, 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.
Posted In: consumer confidence, retail sales, consumer spending

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