When it comes to buyers' decision-making process, the Web may still take a backseat to good old-fashioned human interaction. Ashley Milne-Tyte looks into a report that says the Web may not be crucial for all shopping.
Tomorrow, Dunkin' Donuts and McDonald's will be handing out freebies, part of a marketing trend to draw cash-strapped customers into stores. It works, apparently. Customers think it's fun and come back. Stacey Vanek-Smith has more.
Wal-Mart says sales have started to follow the pay cycle -- trailing off as money runs out before the next paycheck comes. And Bank of America is seeing more people paying for basics with credit cards. Janet Babin reports on families feeling the pinch.
Although the cost of feed is soaring, the cost of chicken has barely budged this year. Ashley Milne-Tyte reports that chicken producers would love to raise their prices like everyone else, but are held back by retailers.
Next week, the government releases its consumer price index for April, so we'll get to see just how high the cost of living has jumped, right? But economists aren't predicting a big jump in the cpi. Nancy Marshall Genzer asks why.