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The American economy grew 3.2 percent in the fourth quarter, despite a government shutdown and despite a disappointing holiday shopping season. Businesses are buying equipment, but what are consumers spending our money on? Hint: It’s not household goods, and it's not cars. It's not Exxon, either: The company just announced its fourth quarter earnings dropped 16 percent, on lower production and weaker refining margins. Finally, a bona fide high: Facebook stock is up substantially today, thanks to some positive sales news and profit projections. The company looks a lot different to investors than it did a year ago.

Segments From this episode

Casino buses get lots of business, despite mounting accidents

Jan 25, 2014
Casino buses are only loosely regulated by the federal government, despite a spate of recent crashes

The United States of new shoes

Jan 30, 2014
The U.S. economy showed some solid growth last quarter -- mostly because American consumers were spending more
Jennifer Lawrence, for example, got new shoes for the premiere of "Hunger Games: Catching Fire."
Carlos Alvarez/Getty Images

When oil money runs dry

Jan 30, 2014
Big oil companies have to go farther and use expensive, new technology to tap oil deposits

Facebook is dead. Long live Facebook.

Jan 30, 2014
The company looks a lot better to investors than it did a year ago

U.K. spat over women's pay in the financial sector

Jan 30, 2014
The leader of one of Britain's fastest growing political parties has sparked some outrage

The 5 steps of snow day acceptance

Jan 30, 2014
Commentator Beth Teitell feels for parents stuck at home on snow days

Peyton Manning's New Jersey tax bill

Jan 30, 2014
A financial incentive to win, courtesy of the Garden State

American Apparel CEO Dov Charney on pushing boundaries and his biggest weakness

Mar 27, 2015
In this next installment of ConJan versations from the Corner Office, American Apparel CEO Dov Charney talks about his plans for the future.

The American economy grew 3.2 percent in the fourth quarter, despite a government shutdown and despite a disappointing holiday shopping season. Businesses are buying equipment, but what are consumers spending our money on? Hint: It’s not household goods, and it’s not cars. It’s not Exxon, either: The company just announced its fourth quarter earnings dropped 16 percent, on lower production and weaker refining margins. Finally, a bona fide high: Facebook stock is up substantially today, thanks to some positive sales news and profit projections. The company looks a lot different to investors than it did a year ago.

Music from the episode

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