Consumer spending

In this Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013, file photo, a man and woman carry shopping bags as they cross the street in San Francisco. The Commerce Department reports how much consumers spent and earned in December. on Friday, Jan. 31, 2014. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

US consumer spending up 0.4 percent in December

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans increased their spending at a solid pace for the second straight month in December even though their income was flat. Consumer spending rose 0.4 percent in December, compared with November when spending […]


Nov. 14, 2013: retired U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Thomas Gipson, of Atlanta, right, has his resume looked over by Ralph Brown, a management and program analyst with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, during a job fair for veterans at the VFW Post 2681,Marietta, Ga. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)

US unemployment aid applications surge to 368,000

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits rose 68,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 368,000, the largest increase in more than a year. The surge in first-time applications could be […]


Crowds pour into the Macy's Herald Square flagship store in New York.  (AP File Photo/John Minchillo)

US retail sales rise 0.7 pct., most in 5 months

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumers ramped up spending in November on cars, appliances and furniture and made more purchases online, signaling growing confidence in the economy during the holiday shopping season. The Commerce Department said […]


Federal Reserve report called "The Beige Book." (AP Photo)

Fed survey: Growth improves modestly throughout US

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Federal Reserve survey says economic growth increased throughout the United States from April through mid-May, fueled by home construction, consumer spending and steady hiring. Eleven of the Fed’s banking districts reported […]


Conference Board delays Consumer Confidence Index

NEW YORK (AP) – The Conference Board is delaying the release of its Consumer Confidence Index for October until Thursday because of Superstorm Sandy. The survey was scheduled to be released Tuesday morning, but the […]


US consumer spending rose 0.8 percent in September

WASHINGTON (AP) – Americans increased their spending in September at twice the rate their income rose, a sign of confidence in the economy. The Commerce Department says consumer spending increased 0.8 percent in September, the […]


US consumer confidence jumps to 7-month high

NEW YORK (AP) – A private group says U.S. consumer confidence jumped this month to the highest level since February, bolstered by a brighter hiring outlook. The Conference Board says its Consumer Confidence Index rose […]



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