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Consumer Spending Rises Sharply During Month Of March

Weak retail sales and the danger of discounts

May 13, 2014
A new report shows that April's retail sales increased 0.1 percent.
Posted In: retail sales, new numbers

Who You Gonna Call? Growthbusters!

Nov 10, 2011
How many times have you heard that the only way we can simultaneously reduce unemployment and pay down debt is to "grow our way out"? One gets th...
Posted In: alternative indicators, Dave Gardener, david brancaccio, economy 4.0, Growthbusters, new numbers

The Appalachian Trail Index

Oct 13, 2011
On Tuesday, David checked in on some unconventional economic indicators from early in the recession, and while researching, another unusual indic...
Posted In: alternative indicators, Appalachian Trail, david brancaccio, economy 4.0, new numbers

"The Department of Happiness"

Oct 10, 2011
The LA Times recently blogged about the possibility of a Department of Happiness: Someday in the not-too-distant future, the U.S. departments...
Posted In: alternative indicators, david brancaccio, economics of happiness, economy 4.0, nef, new numbers, well-being

When There's Not Enough Time to (Celtic) Rock

Sep 20, 2011
Yesterday, we aired a story about Maryland's Genuine Progress Indicator, an alternative economic index that factors in hard-to-calculate variables...
Posted In: david brancaccio, economy 4.0, Genuine Progress Indicator, Martin O'Malley, Maryland, new numbers

Feeling Relaxed? Now Put a Price On It

Sep 19, 2011
Let's say you're outside, it's a warm summer afternoon, you're sipping an iced tea... no wait that has too much caffeine, better make it a lemonade...
Posted In: david brancaccio, economy 4.0, Genuine Progress Indicator, GPI, Maryland, new numbers

Et tu, OECD?

May 24, 2011
You would have thought the venerable promoters of the global economy at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development would have been...
Posted In: alternative indicator, david brancaccio, economy 4.0, new numbers, Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)

Survey: What Makes the British Happy?

Apr 5, 2011
Measuring happiness is no longer just for Bhutan; The United Kingdom is developing measures of "national well-being," and they're just finishing ...
Posted In: david brancaccio, david cameron, economy 4.0, new numbers, United Kingdom (U.K.), well being

Tsunami-Sized Shock to Japan's Gross Domestic Product

Mar 22, 2011
Just days after the triple calamity in Japan -- from earthquake to tsunami to radiation -- I found myself at an awkward turn in a conversation. I...
Posted In: david brancaccio, economy 4.0, Gross Domestic Product (GDP), Japan, New Economics Foundation, new numbers, Nic Marks, tsunami

Alternative Indicator: Green GDP

Dec 3, 2010
The Green Gross Domestic Product is an economic growth index that quantifies and calculates the environmental consequences of that growth....
Posted In: alternative indicator, China, GDP, green gross domestic product, new numbers

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