Broad-Based Advance in Retail Sales Shows Solid Spending

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U.S. retail sales advanced in July by the most this year, with widespread gains from department stores to building materials outlets that signal a robust start to consumer spending in the third quarter, according to Commerce Department figures released Aug. 15.

August 15, 2017

Consumer Prices Up 0.1% in July; Fed Signals Plans for Third Interest Rate Hike

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WASHINGTON — Consumer prices posted a slight gain in July, with higher costs for medical care and clothing offsetting declines for hotel stays and consumer cellphone plans.

August 11, 2017

Consumer Comfort Reaches 16-Year High on Economic Optimism

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Americans last week registered their strongest optimism in 16 years on more upbeat views about the state of the economy, their personal finances and the buying atmosphere, according to Bloomberg News Consumer Comfort data released Aug. 10

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August 10, 2017

Weaker Prospects for Incomes Weigh on US Consumer Sentiment

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Less enthusiasm about prospects for the U.S. economy and personal finances sent consumer sentiment to a nine-month low in July, survey data from the University of Michigan showed July 28.

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July 28, 2017
Government, Business

Group Devises Recommendations to Protect Consumers Against Mover Fraud

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A federally appointed working group on household goods tackled recommendations for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration that aim to better inform consumers of moving fraud and streamline paperwork for brokerage and moving companies.

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June 29, 2017

US First-Quarter Growth Revised Up to 1.4% on Consumption

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The U.S. economy’s first-quarter growth was less tepid than previously reported, as consumer spending and trade added more to expansion.

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June 29, 2017

Drop in Retail Sales Signals Uneven Consumer Spending

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U.S. retail sales fell in May by the most since the start of 2016, reflecting broad declines in categories such as motor vehicles and electronics, Commerce Department figures showed June 14.

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June 14, 2017

Elevated US Consumer Comfort Index Signals Sustained Growth

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Americans’ confidence hovering near a decade high bodes well for sustained expansion in the U.S. economy, Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index figures showed June 8.

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June 8, 2017

Americans' Comfort Rises on Strongest View of Finances in Decade

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Americans are the most upbeat about their finances in a decade, which will probably help consumer spending contribute more to the U.S. economy in the second quarter, Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index figures showed June 1.

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June 1, 2017
Government, Business

Consumer Confidence Eases on Economic, Jobs Expectations

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Americans this month became less upbeat about the outlook for jobs and business after sentiment reached a 16-year high two months ago in anticipation that Washington lawmakers would help recharge the economy, according to data from the New York-based Conference Board released May 30.

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May 30, 2017