Articles About Consumer Spending

Author:
Tom Silva
Posted:
11.07.2011

Spending Rises as Savings Fall

Are Americans shopping until they drop again? It could be, judging by the latest government report showing that consumer spending rose by a surprisingly vigorous 0.6 percent in September, even as personal incomes barely grew.  Adjusting for inflation, after-tax income declined slightly by 0.1 percent, according to the Department of Commerce.  The bottom line is […]

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Author:
James I. Clark III
Posted:
10.05.2011

Bernanke: No QE3

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, in a long-awaited speech in Jackson Hole, WY, announced no new steps the Fed will take to prop up the shaky U.S. economy.  Rather, he expressed optimism that the economy will continue to recover, based on its inherent strength and from assistance provided by the central bank.  Bernanke restated the Fed’s […]

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Author:
Tom Silva
Posted:
10.03.2011

July Jobs Numbers Disappoint

ADP, a leading payroll services company, is reporting that private companies added 114,000 jobs in July.  Many analysts had projected an increase in hiring from June, but it is not likely that the unemployment rate will decline even if job growth rose sharply.  ADP’s forecasts are frequently used to measure how the labor economy is […]

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Author:
Tom Silva
Posted:
05.17.2011

High Gas Prices Sending Americans to Their Computers to Shop

Online shopping grew at its fastest pace in nearly four years in April as soaring fuel prices sent Americans to their computers instead of the malls to shop on the internet instead, according to MasterCard Advisors.  Consumers spent $13.8 billion online in April, a 19.2 per cent increase over the same month of 2010, according […]

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Author:
James I. Clark III
Posted:
02.07.2011

Increased Consumer Spending Lifts U.S. 2010 GDP

The United States’ 2010 GDP soared at an annualized rate of 3.2 percent, as consumer spending rose by the greatest levels in four years.   “The consumer really drove the economy in the 4th quarter,” said Guy LeBas, chief fixed-income strategist at Janney Montgomery Scott LLC in Philadelphia.  “The economy has moved beyond recovery to a […]

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Author:
Mike Ochs
Posted:
11.18.2010

Under Water Homeowners Slow Consumer Spending

Although millions of Americans are paying their under water mortgages on time – sometimes with difficulty — it still could prove to be a source of trouble.  Because home prices are stagnant, many owners are using their hard-earned dollars to pay the mortgage and less on consumer spending.  In the long term, that is not […]

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Author:
James I. Clark III
Posted:
06.17.2010

Cheer Down: 1st Quarter GDP Revised Slightly

As George Harrison said in his 1989 song, “Cheer down.”  In a move that surprised many economists, GDP growth for the 1st quarter of 2010 has been revised slightly downward – from 3.2 percent to three percent – according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis.  Even with the downward revision, the 1st quarter was the […]

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Author:
Richard Gould
Posted:
08.05.2009

Chinese Companies Face Branding Dilemma

Over the last 30 years, China has become the world’s factory floor, offering a massive and highly mobile workforce, fast turnarounds and low production costs.  The “Made in China” label can be found on virtually any product sold across the globe, from shoes and clothing to power plant components and process control systems.  Even products […]

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Author:
Richard Gould
Posted:

Chinese Companies Face Branding Dilemma

Over the last 30 years, China has become the world’s factory floor, offering a massive and highly mobile workforce, fast turnarounds and low production costs.  The “Made in China” label can be found on virtually any product sold across the globe, from shoes and clothing to power plant components and process control systems.  Even products […]

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Author:
James I. Clark III
Posted:
05.08.2009

Bernanke Sees Some Light at the End of a Long Tunnel

Encouraging data on home and auto sales, homebuilding and consumer spending is seen by Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke as “tentative signs” that the recession may be moderating.  Still, he cautions that lasting recovery depends on the government’s success in stabilizing the reeling financial markets and unfreezing credit. In remarks to faculty and students at […]

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