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Stock Market Declines Weaken Economic Recovery | Bonnie Kavoussi | Posted 12.18.2011 | Business

In an economy already beset by deep troubles in housing and elevated joblessness, the stock market is now working as yet another source of anxiety tha...

Corporate Bankruptcies Could Return With New Recession

Posted 12.11.2011 | Business

(Tom Hals, Sue Zeidler and Caroline Humer) - Three years after the collapse of Lehman Brothers touched off a tidal wave of bankruptcy filings, corpora...

WATCH: Rita Wilson Talks 'Money' And Huff/Post50

Posted 12.03.2011 | Fifty

As you may have heard, The Huffington Post debuted Huff/Post 50, a new site for the Baby Boomer generation that launched on Monday. Rita Wilson, wr...

Income Falls For First Time In Two Years

Posted 11.30.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON - Consumer spending adjusted for inflation was flat in August as income fell for the first time in nearly two years amid a weak labor marke...

Shoppers Are Singing New Tunes

Kit Yarrow, Ph.D. | Posted 11.29.2011 | Business
Kit Yarrow, Ph.D.

Retail sales have remained relatively flat this year. But how people choose to spend is shifting from a fear-based bunker mentality to one that balances basic needs with small luxuries and indulgences.

U.S. Economy Grew Slightly More Than Originally Estimated In Spring

Posted 11.29.2011 | Business

The economy grew slightly more than previously reported in the second quarter, helped by consumer spending and export growth that was stronger than ea...

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 deter...

Why Discounting, Couponing and Flash Sales Will Remain Key to Consumer Spending in the Coming Year

Jill Puleri | Posted 11.13.2011 | Business
Jill Puleri

While the economic downturn has conditioned shoppers to wait for bargains, technology has empowered them to find them.

Wary Retailers Play Safe With Holiday Hiring | Dhanya Skariachan | Posted 11.17.2011 | Business

NEW YORK (Dhanya Skariachan) - People looking for a temporary retail job this holiday season will have better luck at dollar stores and discounters th...

American Economic Confidence Plummets

The Huffington Post | Bonnie Kavoussi | Posted 11.14.2011 | Business

Americans are becoming increasingly pessimistic about the direction of the economy, and they're losing faith in the ability of policymakers to help. ...

Back To School Shopping Fails To Boost August Retail Sales

Posted 11.14.2011 | Business

Growth in retail sales stalled in August, hurt by a pitched battle over spending in Congress and raising fresh questions about the country's ability t...

An Alternate Diagnosis for Bleak Consumers

Carol Pierson Holding | Posted 11.14.2011 | Business
Carol Pierson Holding

The move to replace Gross Domestic Product as a measure of America's prosperity with some other non-economic measure has evolved from an impractical dream closer to reality.

Best Buy Profits Fall On Weak TV, Video Game Demand

Posted 11.13.2011 | Business

Best Buy Co Inc reported on Tuesday a lower quarterly profit on weak demand for televisions and video game products. The world's largest consumer e...

U.S. Credit Card Debt Grows Despite Desire To Control Personal Finances

The Huffington Post | Bonnie Kavoussi | Posted 11.12.2011 | Business

Consumers would like to spend less, but they are falling further into credit card debt. Two-thirds of Americans say that the financial crisis has f...

Hispanic Leadership is a Business Imperative

Glenn Llopis | Posted 10.25.2011 | Latino Voices
Glenn Llopis

There is urgent work to be done by America's corporations to develop an authentic marketing approach to the Hispanic market, and an approach to hiring that allows Hispanics to bring their whole selves to work. There is equally urgent work to be done by America's Hispanics to step up to their new role as America's "majority minority" to start bringing their whole selves to work and to the community.

Stock Tip: Be Worried. Workers Are Consumers.

Robert Reich | Posted 10.19.2011 | Business
Robert Reich

Every CEO of every company that continues to squeeze payrolls needs to understand they're shooting themselves in the feet. Where do they expect demand for their products and services to come from?

Americans Remain Risk-Averse Despite Low Interest Rates

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 10.15.2011 | Business

With unemployment high, markets on a hair trigger and the memory of Washington debt-ceiling gridlock still fresh, many Americans are reluctant to put ...

Consumer Sentiment Plummets To 30-Year Low

Posted 10.12.2011 | Business

Just as it seemed the bad news about the economy couldn’t get much worse, a new nugget of data was released Friday: U.S. consumer sentiment plummete...

Time to Turn the American Economic Model Upside Down? Consider Alternatives to Consumption and Growth

Rob Kall | Posted 10.03.2011 | Business
Rob Kall

Is more buying, more consuming what the U.S. needs to recover from the economic straits we're in? Maybe it's time to turn the economy upside down, to ...

Three Little Numbers

Jared Bernstein | Posted 10.02.2011 | Business
Jared Bernstein

The American economy is an economy in serious need of help, and the debt deal doesn't help. That is, unless in clears the decks for some actual policy-making to give this economy a nudge forward before it topples over.

Meredith Whitney: 'Increasing Signs' Of Double Dip Recession

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 10.02.2011 | Business

The debt ceiling debate has finally came to a close on Tuesday. Fears of the United States falling back into recession, however, are only heating up. ...

Consumer Spending Falls For First Time In Nearly Two Years

Posted 10.02.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON (Lucia Mutikani) - Consumer spending unexpectedly fell in June to post the first decline in nearly two years as incomes barely rose, a gove...

Consumer Confidence Rattled By Debt Deal's 'Dire Economic Consequences'

Posted 09.28.2011 | Business

Consumer sentiment fell in July to its lowest point in more than two years, as anxieties over stagnant wages and rising unemployment deepened, a surve...

Mercy! Can't They Get Anything Right?

Warren Mosler | Posted 09.18.2011 | Business
Warren Mosler

Even with sky-high unemployment, we can easily afford to both suspend FICA and truly strengthen Social Security and Medicare by increasing the minimum benefits and closing the donut holes.

Goldman Cuts Growth Forecasts On Weak Consumer Spending

Posted 09.17.2011 | Business

Goldman Sachs has cut its forecast for U.S. second-quarter growth to 1.5 percent from 2 percent, citing weak consumer spending. The downgrade follo...