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Consumer Confidence

Mark Blumenthal

Obama's Approval Rating Keeps Inching Up, Driven By One Factor | Mark Blumenthal | Posted 02.10.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- On Thursday, the Gallup Daily tracking poll marked a symbolic milestone. For the first time in more than a month and only the third time...

The Most Confident States In America

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 02.07.2012 | Business

Americans across the country might have felt worse about the economy last year, but pockets of hope remain. Nine states and the District of Columbi...

Economic Numbers Are Reminders of Frustratingly Lame Recovery

Mark Gongloff | Posted 04.01.2012 | Business
Mark Gongloff

Never wake a sleepwalker. That piece of advice is actually a myth, but the stock market sure wishes it was still asleep today. U.S. stock prices are...

New Survey Shows Consumers Are Possibly Blind To Economic Realities

Posted 01.13.2012 | Business

Still riding the holiday shopping high, Americans are feeling more optimistic about the economy than they have in almost a year, according to data rel...

Fragile Recovery?

Michael Farr | Posted 03.13.2012 | Business
Michael Farr

It seems reasonable that 12 to 18 months after huge amounts of monetary and fiscal stimulus, we should see evidence of improving data. However, it is very hard to determine clear cause and effect between year-ago stimulus and current economic performance.

2012 Will Be Better

Harlan Green | Posted 03.04.2012 | Business
Harlan Green

The elements seem to be in place for a better 2012 economy. Why? Banks are lending again, and it was tight bank credit after bursting of the housing bubble that basically stopped businesses from growing.

Consumer Confidence Surges To Eight-Month High, Nearing Post-Recession Peak

AP | ANNE D'INNOCENZIO | Posted 02.26.2012 | Business

NEW YORK — Americans are gaining faith that the economy is on the upswing. An improving job outlook helped the Consumer Confidence Index soar t...

Republican Payroll Tax Disaster

Brent Budowsky | Posted 02.22.2012 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

As Obama battles to enact a tax cut for 99 percent of Americans, the House GOP is making a political blunder reminiscent of the self-destructive overreaching of then-Speaker Gingrich that rejuvenated the Clinton presidency during the 90s.

Janell Ross

Holiday Sales Up, But So Are Customer Returns | Janell Ross | Posted 12.22.2011 | Business

At the start of the holiday shopping season, retailers breathed a collective sigh of relief. Unemployment has remained stubbornly high and consume...

Mortgage Delinquency Rates Expected To Plunge Next Year

AP | EILEEN AJ CONNELLY | Posted 02.06.2012 | Business

NEW YORK — If the U.S. economy does not suffer more setbacks, the rate of mortgage holders behind on their payments should decline significantly...

Jobs Report Feel Good

Michael Farr | Posted 02.01.2012 | Business
Michael Farr

We expect a muddle-through economy for a few years in the US as the consumer and governments deleverage. As world events evolve, it is important not to become overly ebullient or fearful.

Mall Santas Curb Children's Expectations To Reflect Faltering Economy

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 11.30.2011 | Business

With so much economic uncertainty weighing on Americans this holiday season, even Santa Claus has to hedge a bit. Prospective Santas at the Charles...

Americans' Confidence In Economy At Highest Level Since July

AP | ANNE D'INNOCENZIO | Posted 01.29.2012 | Business

NEW YORK — Americans are beginning to feel more confident about the U.S. economy just as the all-important Christmas shopping season begins. But...

The Nuts And Bolts Of Black Friday

AP | By ANNE D'INNOCENZIO | Posted 11.25.2011 | Home

NEW YORK -- Ready. Set. Shop. The day after Thanksgiving, or Black Friday, kicks off the holiday shopping season. Each year, retailers open their doo...

Let's Put Americans Back to Work

Harlan Green | Posted 01.16.2012 | Business
Harlan Green

Studies have shown that only by sharing prosperity can we really create strong economic growth. And right now we rank near the bottom in income inequality.

U.S. Companies Feeling The Pain From European Crisis


NEW YORK — The tremors from Europe's financial upheaval have reached U.S. shores, rattling consumers and companies. The consequences have been ...

Europe: The Confidence Game That Could Break the Bank

Adam Levin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Adam Levin

While the trouble with the global economy may seem safely quarantined by the Atlantic Ocean and the boundaries of the European Union, Americans should be on high alert, because things could go from bad to unimaginably bad with one bad economic resolution "over there."

Homeowners Having Harder Time Making Their Mortgage Payments

AP | EILEEN AJ CONNELLY | Posted 01.08.2012 | Business

NEW YORK — While lawmakers in Washington debated the debt ceiling and consumer confidence dropped, more homeowners in the U.S. were having a har...

U.S. Chain Store Sales Continue To Rise In October

Posted 01.03.2012 | Business

(Phil Wahba) - U.S. chain store sales continued to rise in October, but a number of early sales results missed analysts' forecasts, suggesting tha...

U.S. Economy Finally Surpasses Pre-Recession Level

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 12.28.2011 | Business

The U.S. economy is finally rising above its pre-recession level, but the growth may still not be fast enough to spur a robust recovery. After 18...

Consumer Confidence At Record Non-Recession Low

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 12.26.2011 | Business

Maybe this time is different. In the latest indicator of an unusually weak recovery, the Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index hit an all-tim...

Janell Ross

Black Unemployment Falls But Employment Picture Remains Bleak | Janell Ross | Posted 12.07.2011 | Black Voices

The September jobs report paints an employment picture that is better than expected but still grim. Just over 100,000 people found work and the overal...

Gauge Of Labor Market Falls To Lowest Level Since 1983

Posted 11.27.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. consumer confidence was little changed in September amid concerns about income as a gauge of labor market conditions d...

Janell Ross

Gallup Poll: Vast Majorty Says Recession Not Over | Janell Ross | Posted 11.21.2011 | Business

A shortage of jobs and falling incomes have left an overwhelming share of Americans convinced that the Great Recession is not over, according to a Gal...

GM CEO 'Clearly' Concerned About Possibility Of U.S. Recession

Posted 11.21.2011 | Business

(Kazunori Takada) - Pent-up car demand in the United States and slowing, but still growing sales in China, should soften concerns about the abilit...