Attention holiday shoppers! Deals are pretty much everywhere

Nov 15, 2018
Why is your in-box already overflowing with sale alerts and discount codes?
People walk past a shop advertising 'Black Friday' discounts.
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A Macy's sign is seen on a Macy's store at CityPlace after reports indicate that it is one of 68 stores that the company plans on closing on January 5, 2017 in West Palm Beach, Florida.
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Can Harley-Davidson woo younger riders?

Oct 24, 2018
Motorcycle sales dropped 13 percent from a year ago.
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Can Harley-Davidson woo younger riders?

Oct 24, 2018
Motorcycle sales dropped 13 percent from a year ago.
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What’s behind the used car sales boom?

Aug 21, 2018
Used car prices hit a record high this summer according to recent data from the business and research firm Cox Automotive. Economists there found car prices for July, which is usually a slow month, were up 5.1 percent from the same month last year. Why is this happening? Click the audio player above to hear the […]
Used cars are displayed on a sales lot on June 9, 2011 in San Rafael, California.
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Prices may be headed up at Walmart and beyond

Aug 16, 2018
Retail giant Walmart is faced with the rising cost of raw materials, labor, trucking and the possibility of a trade war. All of that means consumers may soon see price hikes. If Walmart takes the leap, other retailers are likely to follow. Click the audio player above to hear the full story. 
A Wal-Mart store in Mexico City, Mexico. 
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Retail rebound is now: Sales predicted up 4.5 percent over last year

Aug 15, 2018
Major department stores report their earnings this week, starting with Macy’s on Wednesday, followed by Nordstrom and J.C. Penney on Thursday. After a retail slump and slide over many quarters, Americans are coming back to shopping, and the numbers show stores are enjoying the trend. Click the audio player above to hear the full story. 
Department store sales have been declining.
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How are consumers spending their money?

Jul 16, 2018
The U.S. Census Bureau will release June retail sales data this morning. We already know that consumer spending is strong right now due in part to a tight labor market and inflation. But how are consumers financing their current spending spree and what are they spending on, exactly? Click the audio player above to hear the […]

Used car salesman? He’s looking better and better to consumers

Jun 28, 2018
If the threatened 25 percent tariffs on cars produced in the European Union coming into the United States are imposed, more and more people may head to the used car lot.  Click the audio player above to hear the full story. 

Spike in demand for building materials helped drive overall retail sales in May

Jun 14, 2018
New numbers out Thursday show that Americans spent a lot of their paychecks on retail last month. U.S. retail sales were strong in May, rising about eight-tenths of a percent from a month earlier.  That may sound small, but it’s the biggest one-month jump since last November. Among the merchants that got a lot of […]