Consumer confidence dips with spread of COVID-19

by Mitchell Hartman Mar 27, 2020
As people see workplaces close, big layoffs and stock market uncertainty, they fear for their financial security.
Confidence is likely to get a lot worse, and could reach levels last seen in the Great Recession.
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How will COVID-19 affect consumer spending?

by Andy Uhler Feb 28, 2020
Consumer spending makes up about 70% of the U.S. economy, so any disruption would have dire effects on growth.
January’s report may not reflect consumer spending in the wake of COVID-19.
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Credit card delinquency is rising. Should we be worried?

by Nova Safo Dec 13, 2019
Consumers have been carrying this economy. That may be harder if they're behind on their bills.
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Recession fears may be receding

by Mitchell Hartman Nov 7, 2019
Some recent economic indicators suggest the risk of a recession in the U.S. over the next 12 to 18 months is diminishing.
Some jovial traders on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange in 2009.
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Retail sales falter in September

by Mitchell Hartman Oct 16, 2019
Will consumers stop propping up aging economic recovery?
Retail sales fell in September, surprising experts. But it doesn't mean the economy is trending down.
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Why do we care how consumers feel about the economy?

by Kai Ryssdal and Bridget Bodnar Sep 26, 2019
Consumer spending accounts for about 70% of gross domestic product.
Pedestrians walk through a shopping district in lower Manhattan in New York City.
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Can consumers keep spending it up?

by Mitchell Hartman Sep 24, 2019
Consumer confidence has held up well in spite of trade turmoil, tariff threats and market volatility.
People walking in the rain with their shopping bags in New York City.
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How Chinese consumers are coping with tariffs on U.S. goods

by Jennifer Pak Sep 19, 2019
Some Chinese consumers are buying less and others are buying local.
A customer shops for clothing at a mall in Beijing in January 2019.
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Consumers, businesses walk different paths on spending

by Mitchell Hartman Sep 13, 2019
Retail sales remain strong. Business spending is down.
Retail sales were up 0.4 percent in August. Above, a woman carries a shopping bag in
the Herald Square neighborhood in New York City.
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Consumer spending rises, along with consumer debt

by Kimberly Adams Aug 30, 2019
The U.S. Commerce Department delivered new evidence on Friday that the American consumer is helping to fuel economic growth.
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