Marketplace for Friday August 29, 2014
Aug 29, 2014

Marketplace for Friday August 29, 2014

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Personal income and spending seemed to stall in July, according to figures out today. Yet consumers and businesses both say they’re as confident as they’ve been in the economy in years. We dig into the apparent contradiction in terms. Plus, Morgan Stanley has been buying up diesel contracts in Europe. Big time. What does this say about commodity markets and their players. Also,  Abercrombie and Fitch has decided to take the labels off its clothes. The move reflects a trend amongst younger shoppers who are increasingly buying from brands that don’t use a logo, such as Zara or H&M. But it also reflects the company’s recent poor performance.

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Weekly Wrap: 'Confident but careful' and Snapchat

Aug 29, 2014
The week that was in business and the economy.

Abercrombie abandons logos to keep up with the trends

Aug 29, 2014
The company is making changes to appease current trends and make money.

The business of preventing sexual assault on campus

Aug 29, 2014
Consultants and app developers are lining up to help schools - and cash in.

Anti-Bloomberg ad signals new political trend

Aug 29, 2014
You don't have to be a candidate to be the target of an attack ad.

Consumer spending: what we say vs. what we do

Aug 29, 2014
Spending is weak but income and consumer confidence are high.

Why Morgan Stanley is buying up diesel in Europe

Aug 29, 2014
In July and August, the bank has been shopping for, and buying, diesel every day.

How 'American' is your city?

Aug 29, 2014
Someone used data to come up with an answer.

Micro-unit apartments: Tiny and booming

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Aug 29, 2014
Cities experiment to accommodate the glut of singles and childless couples.

Personal income and spending seemed to stall in July, according to figures out today. Yet consumers and businesses both say they’re as confident as they’ve been in the economy in years. We dig into the apparent contradiction in terms. Plus, Morgan Stanley has been buying up diesel contracts in Europe. Big time. What does this say about commodity markets and their players. Also,  Abercrombie and Fitch has decided to take the labels off its clothes. The move reflects a trend amongst younger shoppers who are increasingly buying from brands that don’t use a logo, such as Zara or H&M. But it also reflects the company’s recent poor performance.