Consumer spending

FILE - In this June 3, 2019, file photo a shopping cart sits in the parking lot of a Target store in Marlborough, Mass. On Friday, June 14, the Commerce Department releases U.S. retail sales data for May. (AP Photo/Bill Sikes, File)
June 14, 2019 - 9:21 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans stepped up their retail spending last month, a sign that recent worries about cautious consumers dragging on growth may have been overdone. The Commerce Department said Friday that retail sales rose 0.5% in May, after a smaller gain of 0.3% in the previous month. April's...
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FILE- In this May 19, 2019, file photo, a line of unsold 2019 CX-5 sports-utility vehicles sits at a Mazda dealership in Littleton, Colo. On Friday, June 14, the Commerce Department releases U.S. retail sales data for May. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)
June 14, 2019 - 8:58 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans stepped up their retail spending last month, a sign that low unemployment and modest wage gains are encouraging consumers to shop. The Commerce Department said Friday that retail sales rose 0.5% in May, after a smaller gain of 0.3% in the previous month. April's figure...
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FILE - In this April 24, 2019, file photo Marcy Seinberg shops at a Walmart Neighborhood Market in Levittown, N.Y. On Friday, May 31, the Commerce Department issues its April report on consumer spending, which accounts for roughly 70 percent of U.S. economic activity. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
May 31, 2019 - 8:38 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Consumer spending slowed in April with inflation up, but still far below the target set by the Federal Reserve. There was a burst of spending in the prior month as well. The Commerce Department said Friday that spending increased 0.3% in April following a 1.1% surge in March that...
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FILE- In this Feb. 17, 2019, file photo rows of unsold 2019 Escape sports-utility vehicles sit in long rows at a Ford dealership in Broomfield, Colo. On Wednesday, May 15, the Commerce Department releases U.S. retail sales data for April. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)
May 15, 2019 - 9:32 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. retail sales declined last month as Americans cut back their spending on clothes, appliances, and home and garden supplies. Sales dropped 0.2% in April, the Commerce Department said Wednesday, after a big 1.7% jump in March. Car sales dropped 1.1% last month and sales at...
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FILE- In this Feb. 17, 2019, file photo rows of unsold 2019 Escape sports-utility vehicles sit in long rows at a Ford dealership in Broomfield, Colo. On Wednesday, May 15, the Commerce Department releases U.S. retail sales data for April. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)
May 15, 2019 - 9:07 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. retail sales declined last month, as Americans cut back their spending on clothes, appliances, and home and garden supplies. Sales dropped 0.2% in April, the Commerce Department said Wednesday, after a big 1.7% jump in March. Car sales dropped 1.1% last month and sales at...
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Customers shop at a toy store in Beijing, Wednesday, May 15, 2019. For many Americans, President Donald Trump's trade war may soon get very real. His administration is preparing to extend 25% tariffs to practically all Chinese imports not already hit with duties, including toys, sneakers, shirts, alarm clocks, toasters and coffeemakers. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
May 15, 2019 - 6:46 am
BEIJING (AP) — China's factory output and consumer spending weakened in April as a tariff war with Washington intensified, adding to pressure on Beijing to shore up shaky economic growth. Wednesday's unexpectedly weak data prompted suggestions Beijing needs to boost stimulus spending and bank...
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May 15, 2019 - 2:59 am
BERLIN (AP) — Official figures show that the German economy returned to growth in the first quarter of 2019 on the back of solid consumer spending and a construction boom in Europe's largest economy. The Federal Statistical Office reported Wednesday that the country's economy grew by 0.4% in the...
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FILE- In this July 3, 2018, file photo, a shopper carries bags in San Francisco. American consumers are feeling more confident this April 2019, though optimism hasn’t fully recovered from a period of roiling markets and slowed hiring early this year. The Conference Board, a business research group, said Tuesday, April 30, 2019, that its consumer confidence index rose to 129.2 in April, from 124.2 in March. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)
April 30, 2019 - 11:29 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — American consumers are feeling more confident this month, though optimism hasn't fully recovered from a period of roiling markets and slowed hiring early this year. The Conference Board, a business research group, said Tuesday that its consumer confidence index rose to 129.2 in...
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April 29, 2019 - 8:37 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumer spending surged 0.9% in March, the biggest gain in nearly a decade, as inflation pressures remain non-existent. The Commerce Department said Monday that the March gain was the biggest monthly increase since August 2009. That's a marked improvement after three months...
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FILE - In this March 6, 2019, file photo, container ships docked at the Port of Oakland wait to be unloaded in Oakland, Calif. The U.S. economy shook off fears of a sharp slowdown in the first quarter of the year and grew at a solid pace, suggesting the nearly decade-long expansion still has a ways to go. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)
April 26, 2019 - 4:13 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The worries that hung ominously over the U.S. economy early this year appear to have lifted. And that sunnier picture has helped bolster confidence in the stock market — driving the benchmark S&P 500 index to another record high Friday. The latest dose of encouragement came in...
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