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U.S. retail sales slipped again in June

Jul 16, 2012
Reports from the Commerce Department show that retail sales are down for the third straight month. They slipped a half percent in June.
Posted In: consumer, commerce, Retail

Study: More consumers using public spaces as work spaces

May 9, 2012
Have you gone to a cafe and found there are no seats left because people are using tables as their work spaces? We speak with Merlyn Griffiths from UNC Greensboro about a study she conducted on this phenomenon.
Posted In: cafe, consumer, consumer behavior

Are wholesale clubs worth the membership price?

Apr 25, 2012
More than 120 million Americans are members at wholesale clubs like Costco, Sam's Club and BJ's -- and they're each potentially saving thousands of dollars a year at the register.
Posted In: consumer, Costco, sam's club, wholesale club, supermarket

Retail numbers stay strong in March

Apr 16, 2012
Retail numbers faced their second month of strength in March, helped by the warm weather and the early Easter holiday.
Posted In: Retail, consumer

As inflation rises this year, should we be worried?

Mar 16, 2012
The Consumer Price Index is out this morning. With higher consumer prices comes rising inflation, but how big of a threat is that to the average American's way of life?
Posted In: consumer, food prices, inflation

Consumer Price Index bumps up, gas prices to blame

Mar 16, 2012
Consumer prices rose by the most in 10 months in February, and rising gas prices were to blame for most of that change.
Posted In: consumer prices, inflation, gas prices, consumer

New light bulb lexicon

Mar 1, 2012
New government guidelines are taking incandescent bulbs off the market, leaving us with compact fluorescents and LEDs. But now there's a new language for bulb shoppers to learn.
Posted In: lightbulbs, CFL, flourecent, LED, incandescent, expensive, Money, shopping, consumer

What consumer sentiment says about the economy

Feb 22, 2012
Richard Curtin of the Reuters/University of Michigan Consumer Sentiment Index discusses how the survey gauges consumer hopes and expectations, and what it means in elections.
Posted In: Michigan, consumer, consumer sentiment, index

Chinese retiree leads crusade against fake products

Feb 20, 2012
A mild-mannered pensioner in China gains national attention for his grumpy-old-man approach to protecting consumers from fraudulent products.
Posted In: China, consumer, false advertising

January retail sales lower than expected

Feb 14, 2012
The government said this morning that retail sales inched up 0.4 percent last month. That was lower than expected.
Posted In: retail sales, Retail, consumer

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