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How freaked out are consumers these days?
Consumer sentiment isn't as gloomy as the failure of Silicon Valley Bank might lead you to expect.
Next week's economic data will tell us a lot
Reports on inflation, consumer confidence and jobs will be consequential. We asked economists to point out the most important items.
Does declining consumer confidence lead to lower spending?
The mood worsened for the third straight month, but many Americans have financial cushions.
Spending is up, but consumer confidence isn't
Retail sales rose in June, yet inflation is still a factor in how and where people are willing to spend.
February was another disappointment for retail sales
They've been up and down like a bouncing ball for the past few months.
Consumer confidence rises, undeterred by omicron
Americans are reassured that businesses are still operating. Yet some economic uncertainty lingers.
Dented by the delta variant, consumer confidence now confronts omicron
Confidence ticked down in November, but so far, each wave of COVID seems to have less of an impact on how consumers feel.
Our feelings about jobs and the economy have parted ways
Many people are happy with the job market — higher wages and more openings. Fewer people like where the overall economy is headed.
Consumers’ confidence, spending less buoyant than their job prospects
Inflation is eating away at incomes while the delta variant is discouraging consumers from going out and spending.
Jobless claims are upbeat, but consumer confidence is still a wild card
The delta variant is causing some consumer pullback, and the expiration of pandemic unemployment benefits on Sept. 5 could play a role in spending.