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Consumer Spending Up Again, But Incomes Stagnant In February

AP | JEANNINE AVERSA | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON — Confidence is growing that the economic recovery won't fizzle out. Consumers kept cash registers humming last month at a decent pac...

11 Websites You Didn't Know Could Save You BIG Bucks (PHOTOS)

Huffington Post | Grace Kiser | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

That there are awesome bargains to be found online isn't news. Reliable standbys like Amazon, eBay and Craigslist have been helping people pinch penni...

States and Cities where Americans Spend the Most

Beth Pinsker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Beth Pinsker

$37,782. That's the amount that the average American household spent in 2009, not including rent or mortgages, based on the How America Spends report ...

Chinese Consumers Can't Save the World

Tom Doctoroff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Tom Doctoroff

Sustainable 21st century growth will be achieved if, over time, America increases savings and long-term investment and China reduces saving rates and ...

Reyne Gauge: Consumer Trends for 2010

Reyne Haines | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Reyne Haines

I love reading reports on the economy (this is a tongue in cheek statement by the way). One says we're on the road to recovery, another claims we're t...

Febuary Retail Sales Show Surprise Boost In Consumer Spending

AP | MARTIN CRUTSINGER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON — Retail sales posted a surprising increase in February as consumers refused to let snowstorms stop them from stepping up purchases f...

Alexa von Tobel | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Alexa von Tobel


Stock Gains Boost Americans' Net Worth

AP | JEANNINE AVERSA and DAVE CARPENTER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON — Americans are recovering their shrunken wealth – gradually. Household net worth rose last quarter, mainly because the healing...

PriceCheck: How We Became a Culture of Consumption

Manisha Thakor | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Manisha Thakor

On Wednesday May 19th, Poetic People Power, a New York City spoken word group, will hold its 8th annual show Price Check: How We Became A Culture Of C...

Consumers Can't Wait Any Longer for Health Reform

Jim Guest | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Guest

More than 70 years ago the Consumers Union called for affordable, reliable health care for all Americans. Now, after decades of failed proposals, broken promises, and political rancor, reform is in reach.

The Real Risk For Europe is Social

Georges Ugeux | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Georges Ugeux

Will European Governments have the leadership, the ability and the political will to restore a sensible balance between social contribution and costs?

Thanks to Spam, It's Not Junk Mail Anymore

Sarah O'Leary | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Sarah O'Leary

If you want to reach your consumers in the internet age, tell the youngsters in the office that you're kickin' it old school with USPS.

U.S. Service Sector Expanded In January

AP | TALI ARBEL | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

NEW YORK — The economy's service sector grew slightly in January, while the pace of job losses slowed, signaling a recovery still struggling to ...

Consumer Empowerment 101: Financial Guidance Gives Families a More Stable Future

Janis Bowdler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Janis Bowdler

While many agree that financial literacy may build awareness, it is unlikely, by itself, to help someone better navigate the fine print.

Drivers of Preference: Why Consumers Will Buy Green

Richard Seireeni | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Richard Seireeni

Saving the planet or supporting fair trade is never the only driver of consumer choice -- an insight that becomes especially clear when choices are made between competing green products.

Consumer Spending, Personal Incomes Rise In December

AP | CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON — Personal incomes rose more than expected in December and consumer spending increased for the third straight month, helping the econ...

Is 3/50 The New 350?

Mother Nature Network | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

About a year after the launch of McKibben's, one local retailer in Minneapolis named Cinda Baxter saw an Oprah show which encouraged a morator...

December Retail Sales Drop .3 Percent, 2009 Sales See Biggest Drop In 27 Years

AP | By MARTIN CRUTSINGER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business


Don't Get Too Excited by Green Shoots, They Might Turn Brown

Jenny Darroch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Jenny Darroch

As we frantically look for evidence of economic recovery, we need to take care not to mistake all measures as signs that everything is back to normal.

November Retail Sales Up 1.3 Percent, More Than Double Expecations

AP | MARTIN CRUTSINGER and ANNE D'INNOCENZIO | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON — Just in time for Christmas, the fragile economic recovery is showing signs of strengthening: Consumers are spending, companies are ...

The Real Secret to China's Economic Growth

Jim Cashel | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jim Cashel

As the global economy battles recession, the Chinese economy is booming. To emulate Chinese economic success it is necessary to return to the basics: education, savings -- and a lot of hard work.

Rich Buying Again, But Middle Class Still Hurting

AP | EMILY FREDRIX | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

American shoppers are splitting again: The affluent are finally starting to buy, picking up designer clothes at places like Nordstrom, while those on ...

Consumer Spending Falls In September, Biggest Drop In Nine Months

AP | MARTIN CRUTSINGER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON — Flat incomes suggest more weakness ahead in consumer spending, reinforcing concerns about a ho-hum holiday shopping season and a sl...

No Impact Week: The Most Ridiculous, Wasteful Consumer Products Ever (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

A major theme throughout No Impact Week has been consumption, and how much we buy (and waste!) that is unnecessary. Here at HuffPost Green we've been ...

War on Christmas: Who Is the Enemy?

Jonathan Merritt | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Jonathan Merritt

In reality, Christmas for Americans--and yes, even the Christian ones--is shaped more by Currier and Ives than Joseph and Mary.