Tagged: consumer

Dow falls 100 points after consumer confidence miss

U.S. stocks traded lower Tuesday, stabilizing after recent gains, as investors eyed oil prices and economic data. Stocks extended losses after The Conference Board said its consumer confidence index fell to 92.2 in February,...

U.S. Consumer Spending Rose 0.5% in November

U.S. Consumer Spending Rose 0.5% in November

Americans increased their spending in November by the most in five months, and their income edged up modestly. Consumer spending rose 0.5 percent from October, when spending had risen 0.4 percent, the Commerce Department...

The American Consumer’s Favorite Thanksgiving Tradition? Complaining

The American Consumer’s Favorite Thanksgiving Tradition? Complaining

Amid much grumbling about consumerism and chaos taking over the once sacred Thanksgiving holiday, various voices are calling for an end to Thanksgiving store hours, Black Friday, Cyber Monday — and even Thanksgiving itself....

Small Business Credit Cards May Lack Consumer Protections

Small Business Credit Cards May Lack Consumer Protections

In the wake of the financial crisis, Congress passed the Credit Card Accountability Responsibility and Disclosure Act of 2009 to keep credit card issuers from doing things like jacking up customers’ rates with no...

Good For You, Better For Them: The Truth About Retailer Guarantees

Good For You, Better For Them: The Truth About Retailer Guarantees

Stores today seem almost to be begging customers to refund purchases. The latest example comes from Wal-Mart, which introduced a new money-back guarantee on produce: Customers don’t even have to bring back spoiled fruits...

As Craft Beer Gets Bigger, Will It Become More Like Big Beer? Or Perhaps Wine?

As Craft Beer Gets Bigger, Will It Become More Like Big Beer? Or Perhaps Wine?

After another year of huge growth, it’s clear that craft beer is big business—perhaps too big, or at least too snobby. The Brewers Association, which represents “small” American breweries that produce less than six...

Shamrock Shake Alert: Why We So Love Those Limited-Time Offers

Shamrock Shake Alert: Why We So Love Those Limited-Time Offers

In the fast food world, the “limited-time offer” is a remarkably powerful thing. The influx of fish on fast food menus during Lent tends to correspond with an influx of seasonal customers. Last autumn,...

Tempting the Young: New Efforts to Get Younger Consumers Hooked on Guns, Luxe Cars, Soda and More

Tempting the Young: New Efforts to Get Younger Consumers Hooked on Guns, Luxe Cars, Soda and More

Marketers are always trying to woo younger consumers. They may not have as much money as older folks, but they bring a sense of hipness and desirability to anything they buy. Youths are also...

How Americans Spend Their Number

How Americans Spend Their Number

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