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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

Americans are not happy with their Internet service providers

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.
Posted In: ISPs, consumer, Internet, telecom

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

Attack of the mosquito! Bugs beat DEET

Feb 21, 2013
New research indicates that the main protection against the mosquito, DEET, may not be as effective as originally thought.
Posted In: Science, mosquito, consumer

Can drawing what you buy help you avoid debt?

Feb 8, 2013
Visual artist Kate Bingaman-Burt draws one thing she buys every day to help her be more mindful of her spending habits. Her new book encourages others to do the same.
Posted In: shopping, drawing, consumer, art

Retail sales up for first time in four months

Aug 14, 2012
Retail sales in the U.S. jumped by almost a percent last month. That was the first uptick in four months, as consumers spent their money on everything from cars to electronics.
Posted In: Retail, consumer

Oil prices jump despite expected lower demand

Aug 13, 2012
Oil prices have jumped to a three month high in overseas trading. Brent Crude is at $114 a barrel this morning, despite forecasts that say global oil demand will be lower than first expected.
Posted In: Oil, consumer

The top 10 consumer complaints of 2011

Aug 1, 2012
What, as a consumer, annoys you most? A survey of the top ten consumer complaints from the Consumer Federation of America hopes to shine some light.
Posted In: consumer

Antsy consumers prompt weak corporate results

Jul 30, 2012
As companies miss their sales targets, more are citing weak consumer confidence as the reason for lower expected profits this year.
Posted In: consumer

Chinese exports help boost economy over India

Jul 18, 2012
It wasn't long ago that many thought India's growth rates could surpass those of its long-time rival, China. But China retains the upper hand in that relationship, thanks in part to its exports.
Posted In: India, China, consumer, toys

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