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Consumer Confidence

William Alden

Shutdown Could Be 'Ugly,' Potentially Triggering Recession

HuffingtonPost.com | William Alden | Posted 05.29.2011 | Business

An extended federal government shutdown could devastate the U.S. economy by dealing a blow to Americans' confidence, experts said Tuesday. If lawma...

Consumer Spending Up -- Thanks To Higher Gas And Food Prices

The Huffington Post | Yepoka Yeebo | Posted 05.28.2011 | Business

Consumer spending increased in February for the eighth straight month, but much of the gain came from steadily rising gas prices and higher grocery bi...

William Alden

Fears Of Weakening Economy, Global Unrest Threaten U.S. Recovery

HuffingtonPost.com | William Alden | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

NEW YORK -- Just a couple of months ago, it seemed the slow economic recovery was starting to gather momentum. But that was before a series of violen...

Mark Blumenthal

Obama Approval Bump Receding

HuffingtonPost.com | Mark Blumenthal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Gallup reports that President Barack Obama's job approval rating, as measured by a weekly average of their daily tracking survey, has fallen from a hi...

Is Their 'Pent Up' Demand In The Economy?

Bloomberg News | Alex Kowalski | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

U.S. companies expect the economy to grow faster than previously estimated as demand from consumers, businesses and other countries picks up, a survey...

Consumer Confidence Hits 3-Year High

The Huffington Post | Yepoka Yeebo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

U.S. consumers are more confident than they've been in three years, according to the data released today by the Conference Board. The organization's ...

American Consumers: Increasingly Cheery -- And Willing To Spend

The Huffington Post | Yepoka Yeebo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

As president Obama prepares to address the nation in tonight's State of the Union, he'll be speaking to an increasingly cheery group of American consu...

Mark Blumenthal

Consumer Confidence Rising

HuffingtonPost.com | Mark Blumenthal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Is consumer confidence on the rise? When a colleague asked for a quick explanation of President Barack Obama's recently-improving job-approval ratings...

Mark Blumenthal

Obama Polling Bump: Real But Modest

HuffingtonPost.com | Mark Blumenthal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Eight media pollsters have fielded national opinion polls since Christmas, and all eight show a nominal increase in President Barack Oba...

Amy Lee

High Holiday Spending But Economy Still Lags

HuffingtonPost.com | Amy Lee | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Holiday spending has been robust this season, in an encouraging sign for economic forecasts, but concerns linger as to whether or not such a pace is s...

Consumer Confidence Slips In December, Case-Shiller Index Finds

AP | ANNE D'INNOCENZIO and JANNA HERRON | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

NEW YORK — Holiday spending surged this year, but Americans still have their doubts about the economy. With unemployment high and home prices f...

William Alden

Holiday Shoppers, Frugal But Eager, Could Drive Economic Recovery

HuffingtonPost.com | William Alden | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Shoppers were out in force over Thanksgiving weekend, even as they remained cautious in their purchasing choices. These eager yet wary consumers, long...

Gulf Spill Fix Part 2: Consumer Confidence

Malcolm Wittenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Food
Malcolm Wittenberg

What is the social and economic impact of diminished confidence and reduced consumption of seafood? A recent survey conducted by the University of Minnesota really tells the tale for the American consumer.

Gas Prices Hit 8-Month Low -- Why That's BAD News For The Economy

washingtonpost.com | Steven Mufson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

The sagging commodity market price for gasoline is good news for American motorists, promising a mild easing in pump prices. It also marks the end of ...

Double Dip Recession: What Will It Look Like?

24/7 Wall St. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

A growing and vocal minority of economists believes that there will be a double dip recession primarily because of the intransigence of high unemploym...

Christina Marie Fierro

Tax Holidays: State Governments Gamble On Back-to-School Shopping Deals To Stimulate Consumer Spending

HuffingtonPost.com | Christina Marie Fierro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Today kicks off the first tax holiday for the back-to-school shopping season, but low consumer morale may end up causing a further drain on state gove...

Mort Zuckerman Is Not Incompetent

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Zuckerman's saying that corporate executives are refusing to make money because the President scares them. Any executive who misses an opportunity to make money should be fired on the spot.

Consumer Confidence Falls As Corporate Profits Rise

AP | ANNE D'INNOCENZIO | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

NEW YORK — The disconnect between Wall Street and Main Street is growing. Americans' confidence in the economy faded further in July, according...

Less-Confident Consumers Could Stall Recovery

AP | JEANNINE AVERSA | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON — Consumers are having second thoughts about the recovery. Shoppers are losing confidence, becoming more concerned about low pay and...

Obama Pushes To Restore Confidence In The Economy

Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON (BY JULIE PACE, AP) - A day after consumer concerns about the economy sent stocks sliding, President Barack Obama is trying to assure the A...

Stocks TUMBLE On Job Fears

AP | TIM PARADIS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

NEW YORK — No matter where they look, investors are seeing economic trouble. Stocks and interest rates plunged Tuesday after signs of slowing e...

The 'Probably' Purchasers

Lita Smith-Mines | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Lita Smith-Mines

The home purchasers using "probably" are never brimming with confidence. Most say it with a bit of resignation, tempered with faith that they are making the right decision.

Americans are Spending Less: U.S. Economic Recovery Is Expected to Slow Down

AP | MARTIN CRUTSINGER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON — Americans are pulling back on their spending, a trend that could slow the economic recovery if it continues. A sharp drop in retai...

GDP 4Q: Economy Grew At 'Brisk' 5.9% Pace, But DON'T Expect It To Last

AP | JEANNINE AVERSA | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON — The recovery is losing steam. The economy is now likely expanding at just half the brisk 5.9 percent pace at which the government ...

Consumer Confidence Plummets, Approaches Historic Lows On Rising Job Worries

AP | ANNE D'INNOCENZIO | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

NEW YORK — Americans' confidence in the economy has suffered a sudden relapse, dimming hopes that they will start spending – and spurring ...