Jobless claims and retail spending data out Thursday suggest that the economy's laying the groundwork for recovery.
Newly vaccinated and armed with $1,400 stimulus checks, Americans went on a spending spree last month.
Indicators like alcohol and sweatpant sales paint a picture of how we lived the past pandemic year.
The $600 stimulus checks got Americans shopping again.
The 2008 recession hit more broadly, and retailers were stuck with a lot of inventory. This time, retailers had time to plan.
It's a sign Americans held back on spending during the start of the holiday shopping season.
Catalogs can grab people’s attention, if only for a moment.
They're trying to make a profit selling less stuff, but holding the line on prices.
It won't be as bad as early in the pandemic, but shoppers should plan ahead.