Reports from banks like JPMorgan and consumer companies like PepsiCo can reveal spending trends and signal what businesses see coming.
As we wait for a recession to happen or inflation to come down, we're postponing big decisions. The economy feels it.
Sales rose 0.3% last month, but there are signs some consumers are pulling back on big-ticket items, excluding cars.
There's a link between anticipating future technology and spending decisions in the present, says macroeconomics professor Cristoph Görtz.
Food inflation should make consumers eager for discounts. But the couponing tradition isn't keeping up with changing times.
Pandemic-related negativity and fear isn't leading to negative or fearful economic behavior.
Manufacturers say they're still optimistic that demand will be there for goods they make. But consumers may start to pull back spending on services.
The personal savings rate dropped in November to its lowest level since December 2017.
Women drive the bulk of household purchasing decisions in China. What do they want to spend their money on?