Why do consumers keep on spending — even when they don't have the cash?

Aug 14, 2023
Households feel their finances have been improving, the New York Fed says. But Americans appear to be racking up more credit card debt.
Analysts are looking at consumers' motivations for robust spending despite high prices and mounting debt. Per one theory, the feeling of surviving hardship and unpredictability has made them more confident.  
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Some welcome inflation news: Prices for goods online are falling

Apr 10, 2023
It's not inflation slowing, it's actual prices falling.
The price — and demand — for electronics like PCs has dipped substantially since the start of the pandemic.
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Record port backups hit California as U.S. consumers supercharge purchases

Jan 29, 2021
Thirty-eight ships are waiting to unload in the Los Angeles area. The shop-from-home explosion is behind the delays.
Bottlenecks at American ports could last through the summer, according to a manufacturing expert. Above, a ship is unloaded at the Port of Los Angeles.
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