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 (397)

How We Shop: A trip to the mall with a fashion business expert

May 12, 2021
Ever wonder why you keep seeing the same clothing trends in store after store? Or why a certain color is everywhere?
This spring, retailers like Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus and Anthropologie are carrying lots of pinks, pastels and "happy" styles.
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Simon Property Group bets on retail comeback with store leases

May 11, 2021
The commercial landlord agreed to lower mall retailers' base rents for a bigger cut of their sales.
Rather than evict or sue some of its tenants that missed rent payments, mall owner Simon Property renegotiated "break points."
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What value do Yahoo and AOL have?

May 3, 2021
Verizon is selling the two companies to private equity firm Apollo Global Management for $5 billion.
How exactly could Apollo, the private equity firm that is buying Yahoo and AOL, make the companies more valuable?
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How NYC restaurants are preparing for a "full reopening"

Apr 30, 2021
Restaurants need a good estimate of demand to confidently plan their reopenings. But will office workers and tourists return?
For many New York restaurants, whether office workers and tourists return is a key question.
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What consumer spending can tell us about the economic recovery

Apr 28, 2021
The numbers are a snapshot of March, when many Americans were spending freshly received stimulus checks.
This Friday's consumer spending numbers will mostly be based on the experience economy, which includes services like bars, hair salons and theaters.
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What happens to the at-home economy when the pandemic ends?

Apr 21, 2021
For consumers who've been looking at the same walls since the pandemic started, a new coat of paint may be worth more than travel.
Home improvement might continue to do OK if people keep working at home after the pandemic.
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Apple expected to put iPads back in the spotlight

Apr 19, 2021
Tablets in general have become less popular over time, but things changed during the pandemic.
Tablet sales growth had fallen every year since 2015, according to Gartner. Then, the pandemic hit, and tablet sales growth jumped by 23%.
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What the vaccine rollout is like for three community pharmacists

Apr 16, 2021
They've struggled with exhaustion, low staffing levels and no-shows for appointments.
Health care workers are feeling a lot of pressure to get the vaccine rollout right: making make sure all vaccines are stored correctly, that allergic reactions are prevented and that they’re answering everyone’s questions.
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Retailers try to hire tens of thousands of workers

Apr 14, 2021
One way retailers and restaurants can attract workers is to offer higher pay, though that's easier for larger businesses.
IHOP, as well as other restaurants and retailers, is hiring people to meet an expected increase in customer demand.
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How helpful is the sell 1, donate 1 business model?

Apr 12, 2021
To have the greatest effect, in many cases, it’s better to donate money than a specific item.
A pair of Toms shoes. A child may need shoes, but what if other needs are more pressing?
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