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Among Other Obstacles on the Road To Recovery: A New Consumer Behavior

Prune Perromat | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Prune Perromat

The future of the American economy will depend to a great extent on consumers' attitudes, which have changed deeply and perhaps permanently in this recession.

Spending Up, Jobless Claims Down, But Still No Economic Recovery Yet

Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

There's good news and bad news today for the US economy. The good news is that consumer spending rose 0.7% last month, according to the Commerce Depar...

Retail Sales Up 1.4 Percent In October On Big Boost From Auto Sales

AP | MARTIN CRUTSINGER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON — Improved retail sales gave Wall Street a boost Monday but provided little hope for a robust holiday shopping season that might invi...

Digital: Beyond Our Control, But Within Our Reach

Chris Curtin and Bob Greenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Chris Curtin and Bob Greenberg

Marketers should create campaigns and branded platforms that explain how to get more value out of products, and "why" someone should have them in the first place.

Recession Vitamin Sales Spike

The Big Money | Daniel Gross | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

On Thursday, the government declared the recession over, which means it's time to figure out who won. During the past several months, I've been identi...

Hiring, Consumer Spending Set To Improve Over Next Six Months According To Survey

AP | BETSY VERECKEY | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

CHICAGO — Results from a new economic survey may ease concerns about rising unemployment and its effect on consumer spending, as forecasters say...

Happiness in the Post-Shopping Economy

Don McNay | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Don McNay

My late mother used shopping as a hobby. If she were still alive, I wonder if she would be looking for something else to occupy her time. It seems many Americans are.

13 Things You Didn't Know You Could Rent

Brian Clark Howard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Brian Clark Howard

In these tough economic times many people are looking for ways to shave expenses off their budgets. One tried-and-true method is to rent instead of buy.

Credit Card Debt Better Controlled By Consumers

AP | EILEEN AJ CONNELLY | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

NEW YORK — Consumers got more serious about paying down their credit card debt this summer, a time when deliquencies usually go up. Cardholders...

China Setting Itself Up To Profit From Africa's Consumer Markets

TIME | John Lee | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

China has big economic plans and ambitions in Africa that go beyond oil and minerals. While much of the world still views Africa as a basket-case cont...

Will Consumer Spending Change Once the Recession Ends?

Jenny Darroch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Jenny Darroch

It won't be hard to identify an increase in consumer spending but it will be more difficult to detect whether in fact consumer values have fundamentally changed. Now that will be interesting.

Consumer Spending: What If Americans Dont' Start Buying Again?

nytimes.com | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

If Americans don't start buying a lot of stuff again, can the world economy be saved? What's the global Plan B? These are fundamental questions at the...

Nation's Stores Have Little To Celebrate, Save Being Alive

AP | ANNE D'INNOCENZIO | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

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Retail Chill: Consumers Give Stores The Cold Shoulder

Los Angeles Times | Leslie Earnest, | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Consumer spending slowed to a crawl in January, with retail sales at major chains rising just 0.5% in what was by one measure the month's worst perfor...

Weak Holiday Shopping Season Worse Than Expected

AP | ANNE D'INNOCENZIO, | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

An already weak holiday shopping season turned out to be even worse than expected for many of the nation's retailers, who reported Thursday they had d...

Marketing in Disguise

Sarah O'Leary | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Sarah O'Leary

When marketers knowingly play in the darker parts of the gray to drive sales, they're doing a disservice to the consumer and the industry. A good deal not a good deal when it misinforms consumers.

Credit Card Delinquencies Up, Worst Yet To Come

Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Despite optimistic pronouncements from the nation's financial stewards, a recovery is not in the cards. At least not anytime soon, judging by the late...

Waiting On The Wealthy: Recovery Hampered By Dip In Luxury Spending

washingtonpost.com | Ylan Q. Mui | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

In this new era of frugality, well-to-do shoppers have gone into hiding and stowed away their splashy logos. But they may hold the key to a consumer r...

"Capitolism": A Race between Congressional Corruption and the Most Massive Citizen Involvement in U.S. Legislative History

Gail McGowan Mellor | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gail McGowan Mellor

All of the sudden five-year increase in consumer spending, which primed the U.S. economy for the fall, can be attributed to health care costs.

A Year After The Crisis, The Consumer Economy Is Dead

McClatchy | Kevin G. Hall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON -- One year after the near collapse of the global financial system, this much is clear: The financial world as we knew it is over, and some...

Consumer Spends When Value Exceeds Price

Grant Cardone | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Grant Cardone

While the consumer is motivated to save money the desire to spend money runs deep in our culture.

Frugality Is The New Normal: Consumer Spending Not Expected To Return To Pre-Recession Levels

AP | ASHLEY M. HEHER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

CHICAGO — A year after "shop 'til you drop" stopped, the nation fixates on this question: Will consumer spending ever return to pre-recession le...

What Went Wrong

John F. Wasik | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John F. Wasik

If most of his programs survive the legislative process, Obama will have revived social capitalism, a blend of humanistic service, pragmatic government supervision, and free-market principles.

The Hidden Payoff from Cash for Clunkers

Eric Schurenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Eric Schurenberg

To the extent that the Clunkers program gave Americans a reason to believe that things can return to normal and to that the government has a handle on recovery, it was a pretty good investment.

What Will an Economic Recovery Build Upon?

Garrett Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Garrett Johnson

The economy: Has it bottomed? Are we recovering? Will we see a "V" shaped bounce? Or a "U"? Or a "W"? Let's examine exactly what is going to lead this economy out of our deep recession.