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Mark Gongloff

Consumer Borrowing Spree May Not Be Healthiest Economic Sign | Mark Gongloff | Posted 02.07.2012 | Business

Consumer credit posted a second straight eye-popping monthly gain in December, according to a new Fed report, which some are taking as a sign of a new...

Car Prices Expected To Go Up If Economy Improves

AP | Posted 02.05.2012 | Business

LAS VEGAS -- Car buyers will likely pay more for new and used cars this year as the economy improves. That's according to the National Automobile Dea...

Bonnie Kavoussi

An Illusory Holiday Shopping Season: Americans Spent Less In December | Bonnie Kavoussi | Posted 01.30.2012 | Business

The boost that the holiday shopping season was supposed to have given the economy proved to be mostly an illusion. Consumer spending actually decli...

Dilemmas Of A Muslim Shopper

Daliah Merzaban | Posted 03.30.2012 | Religion
Daliah Merzaban

While the wealth we accumulate is a grace from God, it is also a test to see how we will manage, distribute and respect it.

Bonnie Kavoussi

Americans Save Less As Economic Growth Remains Sluggish And Real Wages Fall | Bonnie Kavoussi | Posted 01.27.2012 | Business

At a time that the U.S. economy is struggling to pick up steam, Americans are struggling just to keep up. Over the last three months of last year,...

U.S. Economy's Latest Growth Data Released

AP | MARTIN CRUTSINGER | Posted 01.28.2012 | Business

WASHINGTON — The American economy may not be truly healthy yet, but it's healing. The 2.8 percent annual growth rate reported Friday for the fo...

Fewer Women Means Men More Likely To Spend More, Save Less

The Huffington Post | Jillian Berman | Posted 01.23.2012 | Business

Men looking to save money should probably head some place where there are a lot of women. Men are more likely to spend money quickly and go into h...

Mild Winter Yields Strange Economic Patterns

AP | By JONATHAN FAHEY | Posted 01.14.2012 | Business

NEW YORK -- Out of a relatively balmy winter have sprung some economic surprises. People have more cash in their pockets because they aren't turning u...

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...

Major Grocery Chain To Close More Than 100 Stores, Slash Thousands Of Jobs

AP | Posted 01.13.2012 | Business

BRUSSELS -- A Belgian supermarket chain that owns Food Lion said Thursday it will close more than 100 struggling stores, mostly in Florida, Georgia, S...

Bonnie Kavoussi

Business Group Says Companies Underpay Workers | Bonnie Kavoussi | Posted 01.11.2012 | Business

A major business membership group warns that increasing income inequality in the United States is stifling economic growth. Many multinational com...

Alice Hines

Retailers Seduced Shoppers With Deals In December, In Spite Of Economy | Alice Hines | Posted 01.05.2012 | Business

Shoppers didn't hold back this holiday season -- at certain stores, that is. According to data released Thursday, luxury and mid-range retailers seduc...

Government Accounted For Nearly A Third Of All Layoffs In 2011: Report

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 01.05.2012 | Business

For government workers and financial sector employees, last year was a particularly bad one -- and 2012 likely won't be much better. More jobs were...

Consumer Delinquencies Fell To Pre-Recession Levels Last Quarter

Reuters | Posted 03.05.2012 | Business

WASHINGTON, Jan 4 (Reuters) - More consumers made their home equity loan payments on time in the third quarter of 2011 and a broad measure of consum...

Credit Card Interest Rates Hit Record Highs As Companies Market More Aggressively

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 01.04.2012 | Business

If one of your New Year's resolutions is to pay off your credit card debt, be advised that it's getting harder all the time. That's because credit car...

Consumer Spending At Weakest Level In Post-World War II Period

Reuters | Posted 03.02.2012 | Business

It's up to the consumer to drive the U.S. economy and lift world growth in 2012, and the outlook is far from encouraging. Over the past three and h...

Labor Market Shows Signs Of Improvement At Year's End

Posted 12.31.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON (LUCIA MUTIKANI, Reuters) - New U.S. claims for jobless benefits rose last week but the underlying trend pointed to an improving labor ...

Poll Reveals Interesting Result On 2012 Election

AP | By JENNIFER AGIESTA | Posted 12.29.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Americans are hopeful for what 2012 will bring for their families and the country, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll, though ...

End Of Year Job Growth Boosting Hopes For Spending Next Year

AP | By MARTIN CRUTSINGER | Posted 12.24.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON -- Consumer spending and incomes barely rose last month. Business investment has slowed. New-home sales remain dismal. Despite all that, s...

Americans' Spending Barely Rose Last Month, Raising Doubts For Next Year

AP | MARTIN CRUTSINGER | Posted 02.22.2012 | Business

WASHINGTON — Consumers spent at a lackluster rate in November as their incomes barely grew, suggesting that Americans may struggle to keep spend...

It's the Economy, Stupid

Edward Flattau | Posted 02.20.2012 | Business
Edward Flattau

Recently, conservative radio talk show host Sean Hannity unwittingly promoted the idea of transforming our conspicuous consumption-oriented society into an environmentally sustainable one.

A Love Letter To Hanukkah

Joe Winkler | Posted 02.19.2012 | Religion
Joe Winkler

Dear Hanukkah, I love you, but I hate your cultural representation. I don't blame you. I know that your calendar slot dooms your loveliness.

Your Power As a Citizen Consumer

Auren Kaplan | Posted 02.18.2012 | Business
Auren Kaplan

You are a citizen consumer. You participate in the economy every day with your purchases. And you most certainly have a voice. Companies are starting to fear you, and even more importantly, they are starting to take you more fully into account.

Gas Prices Ate Most Out Of Family Budget In 30 Years

AP | By JONATHAN FAHEY | Posted 12.19.2011 | Business

NEW YORK -- It's been 30 years since gasoline took such a big bite out of the family budget. When the gifts from Grandma are unloaded and holiday tra...

Take Note: Jesus Was A Millennial

Rev. Dr. Cindi Love | Posted 02.18.2012 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Cindi Love

I spend a fair amount of my time with young people who go to church and who don't go to church. My experience tells me that they don't choose to engage with unresponsive and inflexible institutions with outdated rules that make no sense.