Gas Prices Force Many to Rethink Driving, and Spending

As summer trips beckon, some are traveling less, at least by car. And those candy bars at the convenience store may find fewer takers.

#consumer-behavior, #inflation-economics, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #shopping-and-retail, #travel-and-vacations, #united-states-economy

Income and Spending Rose Less Than Prices in May

After the latest monthly consumer data, some analysts expect a second straight quarter of decline in the U.S. gross domestic product.

#commerce-department, #consumer-behavior, #gross-domestic-product, #income, #inflation-economics, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #recession-and-depression, #united-states-economy

Why Coupons Are Harder to Find Than Ever

Brands and retailers are shifting away from the clipped newspaper discounts, and the digital version hasn’t grown fast enough to catch up.

#advertising-and-marketing, #consumer-behavior, #coupons, #customer-loyalty-programs, #inflation-economics, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #shopping-and-retail, #supermarkets-and-grocery-stores

Less Takeout, More Produce Swapping: How Inflation Is Altering People’s Behavior

From driving fewer miles to downgrading vacations, Americans are making meaningful changes to their spending. Here’s how five households are coping with the highest inflation in decades.

#consumer-behavior, #income, #inflation-economics, #mortgages, #personal-finances, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #unemployment, #united-states-economy

Biden Weighs Tariff Rollback to Ease Inflation, Even a Little Bit

While lifting some levies on China is unlikely to put a large dent in inflation, administration officials concede they have few other options to address surging prices.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #china, #consumer-behavior, #customs-tariff, #inflation-economics, #international-trade-and-world-market, #protectionism-trade, #summers-lawrence-h, #united-states-economy

More Retailers Look to Manufacture Excitement With Product ‘Drops’

A wide range of retailers are manufacturing excitement, and scarcity, with limited edition product “drops.”

#advertising-and-marketing, #consumer-behavior

Target Will Cut Prices to Clear Out Unwanted Inventory, Taking a Profit Hit

The move shows how inflation and changing consumer behavior are souring the business outlook for many retailers.

#company-reports, #consumer-behavior, #shopping-and-retail, #standardpoors-500-stock-index, #target-corporation, #walmart-stores-inc

How Are You Coping With Inflation?

We’d like to hear your story.

#consumer-behavior, #inflation-economics

After a Bumper 2021, Companies Might Struggle to Increase Profits

Businesses face headwinds as demand weakens, the Federal Reserve raises rates and government stimulus programs end.

#company-reports, #consumer-behavior, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #inflation-economics, #shopping-and-retail, #standardpoors-500-stock-index, #stocks-and-bonds, #supply-chain, #united-states, #united-states-economy

Wall Street’s Losing Streak Ends, but Uncertainty That Drove It Lingers

As stocks have tumbled this year, predictions that the selling is over have been wrong time and again.

#consumer-behavior, #credit-and-debt, #federal-reserve-system, #gross-domestic-product, #inflation-economics, #interest-rates, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #shopping-and-retail, #standardpoors-500-stock-index, #stocks-and-bonds, #united-states-economy

The Fed Wants to Fight Inflation Without a Recession. Is It Too Late?

Federal Reserve officials took a while to recognize that inflation was lasting. The question is whether they can tame it gently now.

#consumer-behavior, #federal-reserve-system, #inflation-economics, #interest-rates, #labor-and-jobs, #powell-jerome-h, #quantitative-easing, #stimulus-economic, #united-states-economy, #wages-and-salaries

Rising Economic Fear Batters Wall Street in April

The S&P 500 is heading for its worst monthly decline since March 2020, as rising interest rates and high inflation raise concerns about consumer sentiment.

#consumer-behavior, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #federal-reserve-system, #gross-domestic-product, #interest-rates, #recession-and-depression, #standardpoors-500-stock-index, #stocks-and-bonds, #united-states-economy

Amazon Revenue Slows, and Costs Rise

Amazon benefited from the coronavirus pandemic as people flocked to online shopping. Now, shoppers’ behavior has shifted.

#amazon-com-inc, #company-reports, #computers-and-the-internet, #consumer-behavior, #e-commerce, #jassy-andrew-r, #shopping-and-retail, #shortages

Economy Contracted in the First Quarter, but Underlying Measures Were Solid

The overall figure understates the recovery because inventories needed less rebuilding and consumer spending widened the trade deficit.

#commerce-department, #consumer-behavior, #gross-domestic-product, #inflation-economics, #international-trade-and-world-market, #united-states-economy

On Daylight Saving, There Are More Options Than You Might Think

There are only so many hours of light in the day. When should we enjoy them?

#biorhythms, #consumer-behavior, #daylight-saving-time, #european-union, #sleep, #time, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government

Is America’s Economy Entering a New Normal?

Policymakers are wrestling with the reality that the pandemic may mark a turning point in the nation’s economic plot.

#consumer-behavior, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #income-inequality, #inflation-economics, #international-trade-and-world-market, #supply-chain, #united-states-economy

Stocks climb but trading is volatile after Fed projects more rate increases this year.

The S&P 500 fluctuated, after earlier climbing more than 1.5 percent.

#banking-and-financial-institutions, #consumer-behavior, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #credit-and-debt, #inflation-economics, #interest-rates, #united-states-economy

Retail sales rose in February, but inflation is starting to take its toll on spending.

Sales rose 0.3 percent from January, a sharp slowdown in spending growth. Spending at electronics and appliances stores, furniture stores and health and personal care stores was lower.

#commerce-department, #consumer-behavior, #inflation-economics, #shopping-and-retail, #united-states-economy

Why Is the Fed Raising Interest Rates?

Here’s the Federal Reserve’s rationale, and how it might trickle through the economy to affect you.

#banking-and-financial-institutions, #consumer-behavior, #federal-reserve-system, #inflation-economics, #interest-rates, #labor-and-jobs, #powell-jerome-h, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates

That Russian Business You’re Boycotting Isn’t Actually Russian

The consumer activism that makes a vodka C.E.O. say: ‘Do you know we’re Latvian?’

#boycotts, #consumer-behavior, #latvia, #names-organizational, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #russian-tea-room, #stolichnaya, #ukraine, #vodka

Japan’s Economy Surged in the Brief Window Before Omicron

Consumers came out in droves as the virus nearly disappeared in the fourth quarter of 2021, but the advent of the new variant makes another contraction likely.

#consumer-behavior, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #japan, #politics-and-government

Running a Business Under the Shadow of War

“When you’re constantly thinking about invading Russians you’re not going to go buy a new phone, or a car, or a house.”

#consumer-behavior, #kyiv-ukraine, #russia, #ukraine, #war-and-armed-conflicts

The Wine Business Sees a Problem: Millennials Aren’t Drinking Enough

As baby boomers retire and buy less wine, producers need new ways to tempt a White Claw generation back from other alcoholic drinks, according to a new report.

#alcoholic-beverages, #consumer-behavior, #millennial-generation, #wines

More Thoughts on America’s Feel-Bad Boom

Inflation aversion meets the partisan economy.

#consumer-behavior, #inflation-economics, #unemployment, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

For Olympic Sponsors, ‘China Is an Exception’

Pressure is mounting on companies to condemn the country’s human rights violations, but executives say the Games should not be politicized.

#advertising-and-marketing, #boycotts, #china, #communist-party-of-china, #consumer-behavior, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #international-olympic-committee, #olympic-games-2022, #politics-and-government

Omicron Is the Latest Covid Blow to the Economy

The latest wave of coronavirus cases is slowing the recovery, but its longer-term impact is less clear.

#consumer-behavior, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #coronavirus-return-to-office, #hiring-and-promotion, #inflation-economics, #labor-and-jobs, #shopping-and-retail, #shortages, #supply-chain, #unemployment, #united-states-economy

Omicron’s Economic Toll: Missing Workers, More Uncertainty and Higher Inflation (Maybe)

The latest wave of coronavirus cases is slowing the recovery, but its longer-term impact is less clear.

#consumer-behavior, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #coronavirus-return-to-office, #hiring-and-promotion, #inflation-economics, #labor-and-jobs, #shopping-and-retail, #shortages, #supply-chain, #unemployment, #united-states-economy

Rapid Inflation Fuels Debate Over What’s to Blame: Pandemic or Policy

The White House is emphasizing that inflation is worldwide. Economists say that’s true — but stimulus-spurred consumer buying is also to blame.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #consumer-behavior, #consumer-price-index, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #federal-reserve-system, #inflation-economics, #international-trade-and-world-market, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #stimulus-economic, #supply-chain, #united-states, #united-states-economy

Biden Versus the Friends of Covid

Anti-vaccine politics explain many of the president’s problems.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #consumer-behavior, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #inflation-economics, #republican-party, #social-media, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization

China’s Economy Slowed Late Last Year on Real Estate Troubles

Economic output climbed 4 percent in the last quarter, slowing from the July through September quarter. Growth has faltered lately as home buyers and consumers become cautious.

#china, #china-evergrande-group, #communist-party-of-china, #consumer-behavior, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #international-monetary-fund, #international-trade-and-world-market, #kaisa-group-holdings-ltd, #national-bureau-of-statistics-china, #politics-and-government, #xi-jinping

Retail Sales Fell in December, a Slowdown in a Robust Holiday Shopping Season

Despite a decline of 1.9 percent in the final month of the year, sales for the fourth quarter of 2021 jumped 17.1 percent as consumers began their holiday shopping earlier.

#commerce-department, #consumer-behavior, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #shopping-and-retail, #supply-chain

A Nation On Hold Wants to Speak With a Manager

In our anger-filled age, when people need to shop or travel or cope with mild disappointment they’re “devolving into children.”

#airlines-and-airplanes, #consumer-behavior, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #customer-relations, #masks, #quarantine-life-and-culture

What Social Trends Told Us About the American Economy in 2021

“Hard pants,” R.T.O. and boomer burnout made for an eventful second pandemic year. They also taught us about the economic future.

#baby-boomers, #consumer-behavior, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-return-to-office, #generation-x, #generation-z, #inflation-economics, #labor-and-jobs, #millennial-generation, #shutdowns-institutional, #supply-chain, #travel-and-vacations, #united-states-economy, #wages-and-salaries, #workplace-environment

Why Christmas Gifts Are Arriving on Time This Year

Fears that a disrupted supply chain could wreak havoc on the logistics industry over the holiday turned out to be wrong as many Americans ordered early and shopped in stores.

#amazon-com-inc, #christmas, #consumer-behavior, #delivery-services, #e-commerce, #fedex-corporation, #gifts, #postal-service-us, #shopping-and-retail, #supply-chain, #united-parcel-service-inc, #united-states

Holiday Tipping Guide 2021: Who and How Much

Who should be on your list — from babysitters to deliverers to restaurant servers — and the typical size of the gift.

#consumer-behavior, #content-type-service, #personal-finances, #post-emily, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #tips-and-tipping

The Year of Inflation Infamy

Maybe the real takeaway should be how little we know about where we are in this strange economic episode.

#american-rescue-plan-2021, #consumer-behavior, #consumer-price-index, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #inflation-economics, #interest-rates, #unemployment, #united-states-economy

Inflation Worries Say a Lot About You (and May Move Prices)

Age, region, education and income all influence what people think consumer prices will be a few years from now. And that creates a policy puzzle.

#age-chronological, #consumer-behavior, #consumer-price-index, #federal-reserve-bank-of-new-york, #federal-reserve-system, #income, #inflation-economics, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #research, #united-states-economy

The Era of the Celebrity Meal

Fast-food chains are hungry for celebrity partners to drive sales and appeal to younger consumers. The method is working.

#advertising-and-marketing, #celebrities, #consumer-behavior, #fast-food-industry, #food, #mcdonalds-corporation, #mobile-applications, #restaurants, #social-media, #tiktok-bytedance, #united-states

Pandemic-Era ‘Excess Savings’ Are Dwindling for Many

The drop in cash reserves has vast implications for the working class and could dampen consumer spending, a large share of economic activity.

#consumer-behavior, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #federal-aid-us, #income, #inflation-economics, #labor-and-jobs, #personal-finances, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #savings, #united-states-economy

What Your Flight History Reveals About Your Carbon Footprint

Google Flights now shows your carbon footprint. Will it change the way you buy plane tickets? 

#airlines-and-airplanes, #business-travel, #carbon-dioxide, #consumer-behavior, #google-inc, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #jetblue-airways-corporation, #kayak-com, #mann-michael-e, #thanksgiving-day, #travel-and-vacations

Joe Biden’s Infrastructure Bill Is a Big Success

Voters may pummel Democrats next year but future generations will be grateful. 

#american-rescue-plan-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #child-tax-credits-and-stipends, #consumer-behavior, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #democratic-party, #inflation-economics, #infrastructure-public-works, #infrastructure-investment-and-jobs-act-2021, #labor-and-jobs, #law-and-legislation, #stimulus-economic, #united-states, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wages-and-salaries

The Economy Is Good. So Why Do We Feel Terrible About It?

Polling suggests that Americans think conditions are bad. Data shows that they’re wrong.

#audio-neutral-informative, #consumer-behavior, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #inflation-economics, #unemployment, #united-states, #united-states-economy

Biden Says Spending Bill Will Slow Inflation. But When?

The Biden administration has argued that its infrastructure and broader economic package will slow rapid price increases. But that will take time.

#american-families-plan-2021, #american-jobs-plan-2021, #american-rescue-plan-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #consumer-behavior, #economics-theory-and-philosophy, #inflation-economics, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

Outside COP26, Trash in Glasgow Piles High

At COP26, delegates address the need to curb emissions and mass consumption to save the planet while the reality of today’s throwaway society is all too apparent nearby.

#consumer-behavior, #europe, #fashion-and-apparel, #glasgow-scotland, #labor-and-jobs, #mccartney-stella, #organized-labor, #rats, #recycling-of-waste-materials, #strikes, #united-nations-framework-convention-on-climate-change, #united-states, #wages-and-salaries, #waste-materials-and-disposal, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

Holiday Gifts? Try Buying Nothing New This Season

This is not about being a Grinch, canceling Christmas or trying to pass a minimalist purity test.

#advertising-and-marketing, #christmas, #consumer-behavior, #content-type-service, #gifts, #shopping-and-retail, #thrift-shops

8 Companies That Changed Their Names to Signal a Strategy Shift

Facebook said on Thursday that it was rebranding as Meta, taking a step to distance itself from the controversies it faces. How has this corporate strategy worked for other companies?

#advertising-and-marketing, #alphabet-inc, #altria-group-inc, #aunt-jemima-milling-co, #aviation-accidents-safety-and-disasters, #bp-plc, #brin-sergey, #computers-and-the-internet, #consumer-behavior, #dunkin-donuts, #facebook-inc, #google-inc, #ihop-corp, #kentucky-fried-chicken, #mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures, #meta, #names-organizational, #page-larry, #philip-morris-companies-inc, #smoking-and-tobacco, #southwest-airlines-company, #trademarks-and-trade-names, #united-states, #valujet-airlines, #weight-watchers-international-inc

U.S. Economy Slowed in Third Quarter as Delta Variant Surged

New data shows how bottlenecks and the Delta variant slowed economic growth in the third quarter. Relief may be slow.

#consumer-behavior, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #factories-and-manufacturing, #gross-domestic-product, #inflation-economics, #international-trade-and-world-market, #shortages, #united-states-economy

Byron Lewis, the Original Black Media Mogul

Byron Lewis knew there was an untapped market for Black storytelling. But it took years for the rest of the country to believe him.

#advertising-and-marketing, #amsterdam-news, #black-people, #consumer-behavior, #content-type-personal-profile, #ebony-magazine, #essence-magazine, #harlem-manhattan-ny, #jet-magazine, #lewis-byron-1931, #magazines

Haunted Houses Need to Terrify You More Than Ever This Halloween

Many haunted attractions, typically a financially lucrative business, were devastated by the 2020 season. This year, they’re hoping to rebound through your frights and screams.

#consumer-behavior, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #halloween, #haunted-houses, #united-states

Retail Sales Jump in September as Consumers Spend More and Prices Rise

The 0.7 percent increase was better than economists expected as sales at restaurant and bars, gas stations and clothing stores continued to grow last month.

#commerce-department, #consumer-behavior, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #shopping-and-retail