WASHINGTON — Americans put more on their credit cards in May than in any single month since November 2007, one month before the Great Recession began. But overall credit card use is still well below where it was just before ...Read More »
NEW YORK — Most little girls have “the talk” with their moms about their periods. Now the Poise feminine hygiene brand is initiating the “second talk” with women — this time, about menopause. Consumer-products maker Kimberly-Clark on July 23 is ...Read More »
WASHINGTON — U.S. service companies grew in June at the slowest pace in nearly two and a half years, more evidence that the economy has weakened. But those same firms boosted hiring last month, supporting other data that show job ...Read More »
NEW YORK — Retailers could be sweating it out this summer. Shoppers, worried about jobs and the economy, pulled back on spending in June, slowing sales for most retailers to the weakest pace since 2009. And that could leave merchants ...
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MONTPELIER, Vt. — Consumers will pay a little more for coffee and chocolate to ensure the farmers who produce those foods get a fair wage, so why not ask them to pay more for milk? That is the notion behind ...Read More »
NEW YORK — Americans can’t seem to shake their uneasy feeling about the economy. Consumer confidence fell in June for the fourth straight month as worries about the economy outweighed relief at the gas pump, according to a private research ...
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BOWIE — For tech savvy Baltimore and Washington, D.C., area Safeway customers, the days of clipping coupons are over as the company launched “Just for U,” an app for smartphones and tablets that offers additional savings. Steve Neibergall, president of ...Read More »
WASHINGTON — Americans barely increased their spending at retail businesses in April and May, constrained by weak job creation and paltry wage increases. A sharp drop in gas prices pulled down overall sales in both months by 0.2 percent, the ...Read More »