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US Consumers

Consumers Are Feeling Insecure

Reuters | Posted 10.28.2012 | Money

NEW YORK, Aug 28 (Reuters) - U.S. consumer confidence unexpectedly weakened in August to its lowest in nine months as Americans turned more pessimis...

CFPB Weighs in on International Money Transfers

Kevin L. Petrasic | Posted 04.02.2012 | Business
Kevin L. Petrasic

At the most basic level, the issue remains how to implement increased consumer protections without increasing the costs that are passed onto consumers to provide such benefits.

Consumer Debt Stops Declining After Nine Consecutive Quarters [CHARTS]

The Huffington Post | Maxwell Strachan | Posted 07.10.2011 | Business

This post has been updated. By at least a few measures, U.S. consumers are doing slightly better these days. That's according to a new report by...

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...

Americans Get A Raise In January

Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON: Consumer spending rose less than expected in January as households took advantage of the largest increase in incomes in more than 1-1/2 ...

Key Hand Sanitizer Ingredient May Cause More Harm Than Good

Wenonah Hauter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Wenonah Hauter

Our exposure to triclosan is so widespread that it lurks not only in our soap, but in our own bodies. Studies have found traces of it in urine, breast milk, and umbilical cord blood.

Less Worried About Layoffs, Workers Are Spending More

AP | PAUL WISEMAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON — Ninety percent of the work force has a job, the same as a year ago. But last year, people were still worried about getting laid off...

Consumer Bankruptcies HIt 9-Month Low

Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

NEW YORK: The number of consumers who filed for bankruptcy protection fell in November to a nine-month low, amid signs that consumers are taking on le...

Dollar Stores Show Biggest Gain In Shopper Visits

nytimes.com | STEPHANIE CLIFFORD | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Dollar stores have shown the biggest gain in shopper visits over the last year out of all the retailers that sell basic consumer goods, according to m...

Consumer Spending Rises In July

AP | MARTIN CRUTSINGER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON — Americans are spending a little more this summer, but hardly enough to rejuvenate the weakening economy. What is needed is a bigge...

Broke Americans Buy iPad: The New 'Schizophrenic Consumers'

Bloomberg | Devin Leonard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

The new abnormal has given rise to a nation of schizophrenic consumers. They splurge on high-end discretionary items and cut back on brand-name toothp...

A Bull Market Requires a Healthy Consumer

Michael Pento | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Michael Pento

A viable and sustainable bull market can only exist if the underlying economy and especially the consumer also enjoys the same healthy condition.

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...

Don't Expect a Consumer-Led Recovery

Hale "Bonddad" Stewart | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Hale

To what extent can the consumer reasonably be expected to drive the economy going forward? The available evidence indicates the answer is probably "not so much."

Sales, Dollar Plunge; Oil Soars

AP | MARTIN CRUTSINGER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON — Oil hit a record high, the dollar sank again, and consumers stopped buying pretty much everything. Stocks kept gyrating, too, on T...