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Supply chains stressed by U.S. consumers buying up a storm

Dec 13, 2021
Consumption of durable goods in the U.S. is well above pre-pandemic levels, exacerbating supply chain bottlenecks caused by the pandemic.
Wages are up. Inflation is up. And consumer demand? That's up, too.
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Inflation is hiding within retail sales spikes

Nov 16, 2021
While prices are rising for consumers, that's not discouraging them from making purchases.
A woman shops at a Miami Target in September. While retail sales were up 16.3% year over year in October, inflation is eating up a lot of that increase.
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Consumers are buying less while shopping online more

May 14, 2020
The Marketplace-Edison Research Poll finds that 40% of those who shopped online before the pandemic now do it more.
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What's gonna happen to the consumer economy?

Apr 6, 2020
Consumer spending accounts for 70% of U.S. GDP. Is that going to change soon?
Consumer spending has carried a lot of weight in this economy for a long time.
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Consumers are feeling good about where the economy's headed

Oct 14, 2019
They're willing to spend because they expect to be earning more next year.
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Retail spending rose in May. Here's what folks are buying.

Jun 14, 2019
Sales rose, and many of the gains were in discretionary categories.
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The market for customized goods is here, thanks to your data

Apr 25, 2019
Companies have created a new form of convenience with personalized products.
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Regional grocery chains are in fight-or-flight mode

Apr 18, 2019
Some are thriving. Others are closing. All are strategizing.
People shop at Wegmans Foods store in Fairfax, Virginia, on February 24, 2011. 
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Look out, beef. Plant-based patties are vying to win over meat lovers.

Feb 12, 2019
Two new burgers made from plants look like meat, cook like meat, and taste like meat.
The Impossible Burger is served at Toasted in Winter Park, Fl. as a classic burger.
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Social media fury over Instacart pay scale raises industry-wide concerns

Feb 8, 2019
Instacart and other apps are competing for consistent customers, while worker pay is inconsistent.
This illustration photo taken on December 22, 2012, in Paris, shows credit cards in a miniature toy shopping cart.
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