Consumer spending

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 - 10:01 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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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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April 29, 2019 - 9:01 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 March gain was the biggest monthly increase since August 2009, the Commerce Department reported Monday. That's a marked improvement after three months...
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Currency traders watch monitors at the foreign exchange dealing room of the KEB Hana Bank headquarters in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, April 18, 2019. Asian stocks fell Thursday after Wall Street declined despite encouraging Chinese economic data. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
April 18, 2019 - 12:35 am
BEIJING (AP) — Asian stocks fell Thursday after Wall Street declined despite encouraging Chinese economic data. Benchmarks in Shanghai, Tokyo, Seoul and Hong Kong all retreated. Sydney was little-changed. U.S. stocks fell despite data showing growth in China's gross domestic product held steady in...
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FILE- In this Feb. 20, 2019, file photo shoppers ride the escalator at Saks Fifth Avenue's flagship midtown Manhattan store in New York. On Friday, March 29, the Commerce Department issues its January report on consumer spending, which accounts for roughly 70 percent of U.S. economic activity. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)
March 29, 2019 - 8:55 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumer spending edged up a tiny 0.1 percent in January, while incomes advanced a modest 0.2 percent in February, further evidence that economic activity may have decelerated after strong growth for most of last year. The Commerce Department said Friday that the weak gain in...
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FILE- In this Jan. 7, 2019, file photo a customer shops in a Sears store in the Brooklyn borough of New York. On Monday, March 11, the Commerce Department releases U.S. retail sales data for December and January. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
March 11, 2019 - 10:45 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. retail sales rose slightly in January after a sharp drop in December, reflecting caution taken by consumers amid a government shutdown and volatile stock market. Retail sales increased just 0.2 percent, the Commerce Department said Monday, after a sharp fall of 1.6 percent in...
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Anthony Spencer, whose wife, Chastity, right, is a furloughed federal worker, holds his daughter, Sydney, as they wait in line with others who are affected by the partial government shutdown for Philabundance volunteers to distribute food under Interstate 95 in Philadelphia, Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
January 24, 2019 - 1:02 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — At this time of year, John Sprinkle and his wife would normally be planning their summer vacation. Not now. Sprinkle, a furloughed federal employee, is about to miss his second paycheck since the partial government shutdown began just before Christmas. With no end in sight to the...
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In this Jan. 17, 2019, photo, women take a selfie as others tour at the Yu Garden decorated with pig statues for Lunar New Year in Shanghai. China’s 2018 economic growth fell to a three-decade low as activity cooled amid a tariff war with Washington. (Chinatopix via AP)
January 21, 2019 - 5:45 am
BEIJING (AP) — China's economic growth hit a three-decade low in 2018, adding to pressure on Beijing to beef up stimulus measures and settle a tariff war with Washington. Growth slowed to 6.6 percent from 2017's 6.9 percent as both the world's appetite for China's exports and domestic consumer...
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