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Make Me Smart with Kai and Molly

Episode 143: Must. Keep. Growing.

Dec 10, 2019

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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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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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The markets see a recession while consumers see a sale

by Kimberly Adams Aug 15, 2019
Traders may anticipate economic downturn, but regular consumers don't seem too worried.
Shoppers line up outside a store sale.
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Consumers aren't worried about the economy

by Jack Stewart Jul 17, 2019
And consumer sentiment is thought to be a good indicator of whether a downturn is coming or not.
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Retail sales up, retail stores down

by Mitchell Hartman Jul 16, 2019
Gains by online merchants often come at the expense of brick-and-mortar stores.
A "closing sale" sign stands outside one of the last few open stores at the Schuylkill Mall in Frackville, Pennsylvania. The mall closed in 2018.
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Retail sales dip in April. Why are consumers holding back?

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It offsets a big surge in retail sales in March.

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The decline of 1.2 percent was the biggest in nine years, but noisy data may be the culprit
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We got some number today hot off the keyboards of the folks at the Commerce Department. They show that retail spending in January was lower than December by 0.3 percent. That dip was notable because the consensus was actually that…

More than 60,000 retail workers lost their jobs since January

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