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Jesta to pay refunds, $1.2M to FTC on cell charges

WASHINGTON (AP) — A mobile marketing company will refund consumers and pay $1.2 million to the Federal Trade Commission as part of a settlement over claims that it added unwarranted charges to consumers’ cellphone bills. […]


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US consumer sentiment reaches 6-year high in July

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans are more confident about the economy than at any time since July 2007, a survey found, suggesting consumers will spend more and accelerate growth in the months ahead. The University of […]


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Consumer survey shows most adults don’t know their rights with telemarketers

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Consumer Federation of America says nearly 9 in 10 of adults surveyed say they’re concerned that telemarketing calls they get from companies they haven’t done business with before might be scams.


Consumer borrowing

US consumer borrowing rises to record $2.75T

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans swiped their credit cards more often in October and borrowed more to attend school and buy cars. The increases drove U.S. consumer debt to an all-time high.


US consumer confidence at highest level in 5 years

WASHINGTON (AP) – A survey shows consumer confidence rose this month to the highest level in five years, an encouraging sign for the still-weak economy The University of Michigan’s final index of October consumer sentiment […]


Government offers $50k for help on robocalls

WASHINGTON (AP) – Those annoying prerecorded phone pitches known as robocalls aren’t just getting on the nerves of millions of consumers: The government is fed up too, and it’s turning to the public for help. […]


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 […]


Tuesday on Money 101

Coming up on Money 101 for Tuesday, June 12, 2012: 9:00a You’re fired! Who do you call next? Jim de Simone, employee rights attorney, Schonbrun deSimone Seplow Harris Hoffman & Harrison, LLP 9:45a Eating out, while […]


Consumer revolt on the rise

First it was Bank of America’s proposed $5 fee. Then Verizon dropped a proposed new fee after facing the wrath of outraged customers. Consumer experts said the backlash against companies hitting customers with new charges […]



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