Growth in retail sales is slowing. That's a bad sign for the economy

Nov 17, 2020
As goes the U.S. consumer, so goes the U.S. economy.
Shoppers walk in South Coast Plaza in August in Costa Mesa, California. Smaller retailers are having a harder time transitioning to online sales and adjusting to COVID-19 restrictions.
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Here's what a "good economy" means to these shoppers

Oct 9, 2019
Consumers appear confident and willing to spend now, but they're worried about the future and haunted by memories of the Great Recession.
Consumers shopping in May in New York City.
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Economy slows, consumer confidence grows. What?

Mar 15, 2019
The early March sentiment survey from the University of Michigan shows Americans’ good feelings about the state of economy are up more than 4 percent and expectations for the future increased more than 5 percent. At the same time, there’s a growing pile of economic data pointing to a slowing economy. How does one square this? […]

Here's why consumer sentiment is positive even while markets are tanking

Dec 21, 2018
By some economic measures, this has been a rough December. Stock prices? Falling. Markets? Volatile. Government? Might shut down. Interest rates? Gnashing of teeth. Recession coming? In the conversation. Consumers’ outlook on the economy? Improving. Wait, what? It’s true. Consumer sentiment rose in December. Why? Click the audio player above to hear the full story.

Consumer sentiment under the holiday microscope

Nov 13, 2015
Will consumers spend more this season?

Consumer sentiment falls sharply in September

Sep 11, 2015
The University of Michigan report is the first to reflect recent market volatility.

Weekly Wrap: Trans-Pacific Partnership and jobs report

Jun 12, 2015
Nela Richardson and Cardiff Garcia join Molly Wood to recap the week in business and finance.

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Weekly Wrap: consumers, takeovers and Pacific trade

May 15, 2015
Nela Richardson and Cardiff Garcia join Adriene Hill to recap the week in business and finance.

How much are our feelings worth?

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May 15, 2015
New consumer sentiment numbers come out tomorrow – and they’re not (all) free.

Consumers are confident. So why aren't they spending?

Feb 13, 2015
Hint: It has to do with income.