America Is Driving the Global Economy. When Does That Become a Problem?

New trade data suggests the outlook for the U.S. economy will depend in part on the rate of recovery of other nations.

#consumer-behavior, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #international-trade-and-world-market, #united-states-economy

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China Moves to Tame Inflation Before Prices Rise Too Much

Rising costs at its factories could trickle out into the rest of the world economy.

#china, #consumer-behavior, #currency, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #factories-and-manufacturing, #inflation-economics, #international-trade-and-world-market, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #renminbi-currency, #stockpiling, #united-states-economy, #us-dollar-currency

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How to Track the United States’ Economic Recovery

The ebbing of the pandemic has brought price increases, supply bottlenecks and labor shortages. Key indicators will show whether it’s just a stage.

#consumer-behavior, #consumer-price-index, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #inflation-economics, #interest-rates, #labor-and-jobs, #part-time-employment, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #unemployment, #united-states-economy, #wages-and-salaries

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Here Are The 5 Ways to Track the United States’ Economic Recovery

The ebbing of the pandemic has brought price increases, supply bottlenecks and labor shortages. Key indicators will show whether it’s just a stage.

#consumer-behavior, #consumer-price-index, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #inflation-economics, #interest-rates, #labor-and-jobs, #part-time-employment, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #unemployment, #united-states-economy, #wages-and-salaries

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Rent the Runway Is Bouncing Back

The pandemic hit the world of clothing rental hard. Now, companies like Rent the Runway say the market is booming like never before.

#consumer-behavior, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #e-commerce, #fashion-and-apparel, #hyman-jennifer, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #rent-the-runway, #sharing-economy, #shopping-and-retail, #united-states

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A Tahini Lemon Cranberry Bar Dreams of Whole Foods

With workers at home and stores stingy with shelf space, how is a new protein bar supposed to introduce itself? Even the food giants had to adjust.

#consumer-behavior, #e-commerce, #frito-lay-inc, #lupii, #milkboy, #milkboy-swiss-chocolates, #mondelez-international-inc, #pepsico-inc, #shopping-and-retail, #smpl, #snack-foods, #snackmagic, #supermarkets-and-grocery-stores, #whole-foods-market-inc

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G.D.P. Growth Accelerated in the First Quarter

The U.S. economy expanded as the pandemic’s effects eased.

#american-rescue-plan-2021, #commerce-department, #consumer-behavior, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #gross-domestic-product, #labor-and-jobs, #stimulus-economic, #unemployment, #united-states-economy

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The Economy Is (Almost) Back. It Will Look Different Than It Used To.

The recovery is profoundly unequal across sectors, unbalanced in ways that have big implications for businesses and workers.

#consumer-behavior, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #durable-goods-economic-indicator, #gross-domestic-product, #income-inequality, #united-states-economy

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Developers Flock to Cold Storage as Americans Stock Their Freezers

Companies are seeking to build, buy or invest in the sector, despite construction costs that are roughly triple that of an ordinary warehouse.

#consumer-behavior, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #e-commerce, #real-estate-commercial, #stockpiling

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Signs of Economic Hope Are Growing, Some With Superlatives

Soaring retail sales and a sharp drop in jobless claims are the latest reflection of a quickening recovery and suggest a year of remarkable growth.

#airlines-and-airplanes, #american-rescue-plan-2021, #consumer-behavior, #consumer-confidence-economic-indicator, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #delta-air-lines-inc, #gross-domestic-product, #hiring-and-promotion, #labor-and-jobs, #shopping-and-retail, #travel-and-vacations, #unemployment, #unemployment-insurance, #united-states-economy

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China’s First Quarter Growth is Expected to Boom on Paper

The world’s traditional growth engine is expected to report a double digit first-quarter jump. But consumers and small business aren’t fully sharing in the spoils.

#china, #consumer-behavior, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #factories-and-manufacturing, #infrastructure-public-works, #labor-and-jobs, #lunar-new-year, #politics-and-government, #small-business

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China’s Anger at Foreign Brands Helps Local Rivals

Chinese rivals to Western names have improved quality and marketing. Now the country’s defiance could give them an edge with young patriots.

#advertising-and-marketing, #celebrities, #china, #consumer-behavior, #entrepreneurship, #fads, #fashion-and-apparel, #li-ning-company-ltd, #nio-ltd, #sneakers, #start-ups, #xinjiang-china

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What is Going on with China, Cotton and All of These Clothing Brands?

A user’s guide to the latest cross-border social media fashion crisis.

#burberry, #china, #consumer-behavior, #e-commerce, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #fashion-and-apparel, #forced-labor, #hm-hennesmauritz-ab, #hugo-boss-ag, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #luxury-goods-and-services, #politics-and-government, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #shopping-and-retail, #social-media, #textiles, #uighurs-chinese-ethnic-group, #your-feed-fashion

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A Novel Way to Finance School May Penalize Students from HBCU’s, Study Finds

Income-share agreements are gaining popularity, but a new analysis highlights how calculations of what borrowers owe can disadvantage minorities.

#black-people, #chopra-rohit, #colleges-and-universities, #consumer-behavior, #consumer-financial-protection-bureau, #consumer-protection, #frotman-seth, #income-inequality, #national-assn-for-the-advancement-of-colored-people, #student-loans

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Why the Paint Job on Your Car Is Crucial to Its Resale Value

The paint job on your car is crucial to its resale value.

#advertising-and-marketing, #automobiles, #color, #consumer-behavior, #paint, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #sports-utility-vehicles-and-light-trucks

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Foods From Afar Hope to Catch the Eye of American Shoppers

Immigrant entrepreneurs are working with designers and brand strategists to create packaging that appeals to a wider range of consumers.

#consumer-behavior, #containers-and-packaging, #design, #entrepreneurship, #food, #moon-man, #new-york-shuk-inc, #supermarkets-and-grocery-stores, #wunder-creamery, #yolele-foods-inc

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Stimulus Checks Helped Personal Income Surge in January

Personal income and spending both surged in January as a new round of government checks hit Americans’ bank accounts.

#commerce-department, #consumer-behavior, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #federal-aid-us, #income, #inflation-economics, #recession-and-depression, #stimulus-economic, #united-states-economy

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Is This the End of Tipping?

The restaurant industry is in crisis. But some see how bad things are for servers — including “maskual harassment” — as a unique chance to make life better.

#anxiety-and-stress, #consumer-behavior, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #customer-relations, #labor-and-jobs, #minimum-wage, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #restaurants, #service-industries, #sexual-harassment, #tips-and-tipping, #united-states-economy, #wages-and-salaries, #women-and-girls, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

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U.S. Seizes One Million More Counterfeit N95 Masks

Criminal charges are expected in the investigation, which brought the total number of seized masks to more than 11 million, the authorities said.

#3m-company, #consumer-behavior, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #frauds-and-swindling, #homeland-security-department, #masks, #mayorkas-alejandro, #protective-clothing-and-gear, #search-and-seizure

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Retail Sales Drop in December for Third Straight Month

Consumer spending fell 0.7 percent, the Commerce Department reported, as the economic recovery showed signs of stalling.

#commerce-department, #consumer-behavior, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #shopping-and-retail, #united-states-economy

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Why Markets Boomed in a Year of Human Misery

It wasn’t just the Fed or the stimulus. The rise in savings among white-collar workers created a tide lifting nearly all financial assets.

#consumer-behavior, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #labor-and-jobs, #savings, #stimulus-economic, #stocks-and-bonds, #unemployment-insurance, #united-states-economy

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What Giant Skeletons and Puppy Shortages Told Us About the 2020 Economy

This year was awful, but it gave rise to some interesting social trends. Here’s what they tell us about the economic future.

#consumer-behavior, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #high-net-worth-individuals, #income-inequality, #luxury-goods-and-services, #millennial-generation, #pop-and-rock-music, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #shopping-and-retail, #social-media, #united-states-economy

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Do You Want to Buy Less Stuff? Three People Tell Us How.

Some people re-evaluated their relationship to things in 2020. Here’s what they learned.

#consumer-behavior, #corporate-social-responsibility, #shopping-and-retail, #your-feed-selfcare

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New Signs of Economic Distress Emerge as Trump Imperils Aid Deal

A decline in consumer income and spending poses a further challenge to the recovery as jobless claims remain high and benefits approach a cutoff.

#commerce-department, #consumer-behavior, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #federal-aid-us, #income, #labor-and-jobs, #labor-department-us, #law-and-legislation, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #stimulus-economic, #trump-donald-j, #unemployment, #unemployment-insurance, #united-states-economy

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What Happens to the Unemployed When the Checks Run Out

Millions face a steep and immediate drop in spending power when federal jobless benefits end this month, with a sharp rise in the poverty rate.

#consumer-behavior, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #personal-finances, #poverty, #recession-and-depression, #stimulus-economic, #unemployment, #unemployment-insurance, #united-states-economy

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Trade With China Roars Back As Americans Are Stuck At Home

Reducing trade with China was supposed to happen in 2020. But demand for Chinese goods has soared amid pandemic lockdowns.

#china, #computers-and-the-internet, #consumer-behavior, #freight-cargo, #international-trade-and-world-market, #politics-and-government, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #ships-and-shipping, #united-states

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It’s Not Just You: Picking a Health Insurance Plan Is Really Hard

Most Americans make poor choices. So do most professional insurance brokers, a new study finds. But robots may help.

#consumer-behavior, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #medicare, #patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act-2010, #research

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We Know How to Curb the Pandemic. How Do We Make People Listen?

Could better public health messaging persuade more people to change their behavior?

#consumer-behavior, #content-type-service, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #psychology-and-psychologists, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-conditions-and-trends

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‘Bleak Friday’ for Stores as Pandemic Pushes Holiday Shopping Online

Foot traffic was down considerably and internet sales surged during a holiday weekend altered by the coronavirus.

#black-friday-and-cyber-monday-shopping, #consumer-behavior, #e-commerce, #national-retail-federation, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #shopping-and-retail

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Trump Merchandise Outsells Biden’s, China’s Factories Say

The measure is unscientific at best. But merchants say sales of the president’s campaign merchandise at a major wholesale market are outstripping Biden’s.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #china, #consumer-behavior, #factories-and-manufacturing, #flags-emblems-and-insignia, #international-trade-and-world-market, #memorabilia-and-souvenirs, #presidential-election-of-2020, #shopping-and-retail, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #yiwu-china, #yiwu-international-trade-city-yiwu-china

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Yelp Says It Will Mark Pages of Businesses Accused of Racist Conduct

The online review company said that it would raise flags when there was “resounding evidence” and that it would link to articles detailing racist reports.

#consumer-behavior, #consumer-reviews, #corporate-social-responsibility, #discrimination, #news-and-news-media, #restaurants, #social-media, #yelp

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How to Use Your Heart and Head to Hack Your Personal Finance

Yes, you need to do some math if you want to handle your finances well. But don’t forget your heart. Two new books show you how to use both.

#books-and-literature, #consumer-behavior, #content-type-service, #housel-morgan, #money-hacks-275-ways-to-decrease-spending-increase-savings-and-make-your-money-work-for-you-book, #personal-finances, #rowan-lisa-journalist, #savings, #stocks-and-bonds, #the-psychology-of-money-timeless-lessons-on-wealth-greed-and-happiness-book

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Crowds at the Beijing Auto Show Signal China’s Spenders are Back

Big crowds at places like the Beijing auto show are a sign of good news for a world mired in recession. But China needs its less affluent to spend more before its growth engine can return to full speed.

#china, #consumer-behavior, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #layoffs-and-job-reductions

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Looking to Buy a Used Car in the Pandemic? So Is Everyone Else

Eager to avoid public transit and Uber, and to save money, buyers are emptying dealerships.

#advertising-and-marketing, #automobiles, #consumer-behavior, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #factories-and-manufacturing, #personal-finances, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #sports-utility-vehicles-and-light-trucks, #used-cars

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How the U.K. Restarted Its Restaurant Industry: Paying Half the Bill

Britons eager for a bargain have taken up the government’s “eat out to help out” offer. But how long will the resurgence last?

#baltic-market, #consumer-behavior, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #great-britain, #lina-stores, #renting-and-leasing-real-estate, #restaurants, #shutdowns-institutional

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Economic Data Points to Pause in Recovery as Aid Programs Expire

The economy’s rebound showed signs of stagnating. Then enhanced unemployment benefits and a small-business loan program expired.

#consumer-behavior, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #stimulus-economic, #unemployment-insurance, #united-states-economy

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Barbara Caplan, Spotter of Consumer Trends, Dies at 93

After raising a family, she got a master’s degree in psychology and became an expert in what people would crave and buy. She tested positive for Covid-19.

#advertising-and-marketing, #caplan-barbara-1927-2020, #consumer-behavior, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-obituaries

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Retail Sales Rise for Third Month, Though Growth Slows

The increase was a sign that consumerism remained resilient, but the recovery has been buoyed by government assistance that expired at the end of July.

#consumer-behavior, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #e-commerce, #shopping-and-retail, #united-states-economy

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Safe to Go Out? Republicans and Democrats Widely Split

A survey shows that the partisan divide on the coronavirus goes beyond masks. It extends to dining out, getting on a plane and resuming other activities.

#airlines-and-airplanes, #consumer-behavior, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #democratic-party, #movies, #polls-and-public-opinion, #republican-party, #restaurants, #shutdowns-institutional, #surveymonkey

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Consumers Came Back in June, but for How Long?

Retail sales increased 7.5 percent, but there are ominous signs that the rebound may fizzle as coronavirus cases rise through much of the country.

#consumer-behavior, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #shopping-and-retail, #sporting-goods-and-equipment, #united-states-economy

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As Europe’s Economies Reopen, Consumers Go on a Spending Spree

Supported by government furlough programs, people freed from lockdowns are opening their wallets at a record pace. The virus will determine how long that lasts.

#consumer-behavior, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #europe, #european-commission, #france, #quarantines, #recession-and-depression, #shopping-and-retail

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Federal Reserve Minutes Show a Litany of Reasons to Worry About Economy

Minutes from the Federal Reserve’s June meeting show that officials remained seriously concerned, even as states reopened.

#banking-and-financial-institutions, #consumer-behavior, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #federal-reserve-system, #inflation-economics, #interest-rates, #unemployment, #united-states-economy

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Retail Sales Rebounded in May, but the Road Back Is Long

The recovery is tentative, and it remains to be seen how the pandemic will change consumer behavior and the shopping experience over the long term.

#consumer-behavior, #coronavirus-reopenings, #gap-inc, #kohls-corporation, #macys-inc, #old-navy, #shopping-and-retail, #united-states-economy

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Don’t Lose the Thread. The Economy Is Experiencing an Epic Collapse of Demand.

A rip in the fabric of the economy won’t be healed easily, and denial of the severity of the crisis won’t solve it.

#consumer-behavior, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #great-depression-1930s, #quarantines, #recession-and-depression, #unemployment, #united-states-economy

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Pandemic Forces Car Dealers to Do the Unthinkable: Sell Online

Dealerships have long resisted e-commerce, but with many showrooms closed, the dynamic is changing.

#automobiles, #autonation-inc, #carvana-co, #computers-and-the-internet, #consumer-behavior, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #e-commerce, #honda-motor-co-ltd, #new-york-city, #paragon-honda-queens-ny, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #shutdowns-institutional, #tesla-motors-inc

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When Shoppers Venture Out, What Will Be Left?

A 16.4 percent sales decline in April may signal the bottom for retailers, but the climb back will be hard, and some companies may not make it.

#consumer-behavior, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #e-commerce, #labor-and-jobs, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #shopping-and-retail, #shopping-centers-and-malls, #shutdowns-institutional, #united-states-economy

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Government Orders Alone Didn’t Close the Economy. They Probably Can’t Reopen It.

Data shows there was a drop in spending and working even before any official mandates to stay at home.

#consumer-behavior, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #polls-and-public-opinion, #shutdowns-institutional

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Boom in Canned Food Means a Boom in Cans, Too

With soup and vegetables flying off supermarket shelves to feed a shut-in nation, canneries are bustling — and they really need metal containers.

#apex-tool-works, #company-reports, #consumer-behavior, #containers-and-packaging, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #food, #general-mills-inc, #labor-and-jobs, #shutdowns-institutional, #silgan-holdings-inc, #soups, #supermarkets-and-grocery-stores, #united-states-economy

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Why Apple’s New Phone Doesn’t Matter

New smartphones have become like refrigerators. They’re just not that exciting.

#apple-inc, #computers-and-the-internet, #consumer-behavior, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #handheld-computers, #rural-areas, #small-business-administration, #smartphones

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Why the Apple iPhone SE Doesn’t Matter

New smartphones have become like refrigerators. They’re just not that exciting.

#apple-inc, #computers-and-the-internet, #consumer-behavior, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #handheld-computers, #rural-areas, #small-business-administration, #smartphones

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