Marielle Segarra

Senior Reporter

SHORT BIO

I cover retail, consumer psychology, and the economy. One topic I’ve been exploring: how we shop – and the emotions that come up as we do. Pride. Guilt. Frustration. I’m also following small businesses as they find their way in this pandemic. And I’m always trying to show people how the ins and outs of the economy are relevant to their lives.

What was your first job?

Summer camp counselor to a bunch of 5-year-olds.

In your next life, what would your career be?

I think I would still want to create things. Maybe I'd be a chef. Or an interior designer. Or I'd write for a TV show.

Fill in the blank: Money can’t buy you happiness, but it can buy you ______.

Financial stability, which is a good start.

What’s the favorite item in your workspace and why?

My stash of chocolate.

Latest Stories (432)

How do retailers decide when to raise prices?

Aug 3, 2021
The price of many products, supplies and raw materials has been rising. Retailers must figure out when to pass those costs along to customers.
A shopper checks her receipt in a mall in April 2021.
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How do "buy now pay later" services work?

Aug 2, 2021
The digital payments company Square says it will buy Afterpay for $29 billion.
Shoppers can use "buy now, pay later" services like Afterpay to enable them to pony up for their purchases in installments, often without interest.
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How sensitive are people to price hikes?

Jul 30, 2021
There is a usually a limit on how much consumers will pay for a given product. But figuring out what that limit is not easy.
Procter & Gamble, maker of Tide laundry detergent, reported expectation-breaking earnings Friday morning but warned of future product price hikes.
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Some signs point to falling consumer confidence as delta rises

Jul 26, 2021
Later this week we will learn how much consumers spent in June, and on what. But that might not be the best picture of what's going on now.
People walk through a shopping district in Brooklyn, New York. Recent surveys show a decline in consumer sentiment and concern about returning to offices and public spaces.
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Back-to-school spending is hard to predict this year

Jul 23, 2021
This time of year is always a big moment in retail. But there’s a lot going on that makes this back-to-school season different.
Back-to-school shopping will soon be in full swing, but supply chain issues may make school supplies difficult to find.
Joe Scarnici via Getty Images for Target

When economic predictions are wrong

Jul 22, 2021
When we tell you about economic news, we’re always saying things like "numbers were higher (or lower) than expected." How much, then, should we consider economists’ expectations?
A once-in-a-lifetime pandemic has thrown a wrench in economic forecasting, economists say.
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Bonuses may be key to enticing people back to the workforce

Jun 29, 2021
At least 10 states have started offering return-to-work bonuses, as have many employers, as workers look for incentives.
A man fills out an application for a hospitality job during a Zislis Group job fair in Torrance, California, on June 23. Employers at the job fair offered hiring incentives, including a $500 signing bonus.
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The Fed walks a tightrope: Stimulate the economy without causing a housing bubble

Jun 28, 2021
The central bank's been keeping interest rates low in part by buying up mortgage-backed securities. That has Fed officials keeping a wary eye on the housing market for signs of overheating.
The Federal Reserve building is seen January 22, 2008 in Washington, DC.
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How we shop for clothes now

Jun 25, 2021
Apparel sales are up lately. But the kind of clothing many people want to wear has changed because of the pandemic.
Some consumers have opted for more comfortable clothing, and clothing that expresses comfort with who they are.
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You may already be using "open banking." What exactly is it?

Jun 24, 2021
Open banking is where third-party apps, like Venmo, have access to your bank account.
Visa bought the Swedish fintech company Tink, an open banking platform. If you don't know what open banking is, there's a chance you're already using it via Venmo, PayPal or other apps.
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