Consumer Spending

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June 26, 2015

Economic Watch: Consumer Sentiment Best in Five Months

American consumers are feeling better about the economy with one measure hitting its highest level since January.

June 25, 2015

Economic Watch: Consumer Spending Jumps, Service Sector Declines

Economic Watch: American consumers opened their wallets a whole lot more in May, with consumer spending increasing the most in nearly six years.

June 1, 2015

Economic Watch: Manufacturing, Construction Improve; Consumer Spending Stalls

Business conditions in the nation’s manufacturing sector turned around in May from the month before, while construction spending hit a six-year high. A weak spot? Consumer spending.

May 1, 2015

Economic Watch: Manufacturing Growth Slows, Consumers Optimistic

The level of manufacturing in the U.S. was unchanged in April compared to the month before, according to a new survey of the nation’s purchasing managers.

March 2, 2015

Economic Watch: Consumer Spending Falls Slightly, GDP Revised Downward

U.S. consumer spending fell slightly in January as gasoline prices remained low, according to new Commerce Department report released Monday.

February 2, 2015

Economic Watch: Consumer Spending, Manufacturing Drop; Construction Rises

Consumer spending during December posted its biggest drop since September 2009, according to a new U.S. Commerce Department report on Monday.

December 29, 2014

UPS Anticipates 4 Million Returns After Holidays

UPS expects to transport more than 4 million return packages in the United States by the end of the first full week of January, the company announced.

December 1, 2014

Economic Watch: Gains in Durables, New Home Sales, Consumer Confidence

Key economic indicators for October that were posted last week show mostly good news for trucking, including durable goods, home sales and consumer confidence.

November 3, 2014

Economic Watch: Manufacturing Expanding, Construction Down

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in October for the 17th consecutive month, its highest level since March 2011, according to nation’s supply executives.

October 31, 2014

Economic Watch: Consumer Spending Slips in September

Consumer spending in the U.S. declined in September for the first time in eight months, according to the U.S. Commerce Department.

August 29, 2014

Economic Watch: Consumer Spending Posts First Decline Since January

Consumers unexpectedly backed off on personal spending in July by just a bit, while income moved slightly higher, according to a new U.S. Commerce Department report, raising concerns that wages are not keeping up with household needs.

May 30, 2014

Economic Watch: Consumer Spending, Sentiment Decline

The 0.1% drop in personal consumption expenditures follows an upwardly revised 1% increase during March, which was the largest gain since August 2009 and is the first decline in a year.

May 15, 2014

Economic Watch: Consumer Prices Rise, Industrial Production Down

UPDATED -- A new report shows consumer prices rising for the sixth straight month, with the Consumer Price Index increasing 0.3% in April from the month before, the biggest gain in 10 months.

May 1, 2014

Economic Watch: Consumer Spending, Construction, Manufacturing Post Gains

UPDATED -- A new report shows U.S. consumer spending in March took its biggest leap forward since August 2009.

April 2, 2014

Economic Watch: Employment, Factory Shipments and Orders Post Gains

Private sector employment in the U.S. increased by 191,000 jobs from February to March, according to the March ADP National Employment Report released Wednesday.

March 31, 2014

Economic Watch: Consumer Spending and GDP Gain Among Other Indicators

New figures show biggest driver of the U.S. economy increased last month while the overall economy grew more than estimated a month ago.

March 3, 2014

Economic Watch: Consumer Spending and Other Indicators Rise

UPDATED -- Consumers opened their wallets a little more in January than they did in December, according to new figures from the U.S. Commerce Department.

February 28, 2014

Economic Watch: Fourth Quarter Growth Revised Downward

The estimated level of U.S. economic growth in the fourth quarter of last year was revised sharply downward by the Commerce Department on Friday.

January 31, 2014

Economic Watch: Consumer Spending Up, Sentiment Down

Consumer spending in the U.S. posted modest gains in December and all of last year, according to new Commerce Department figures.

January 30, 2014

Economic Watch: GDP Advances at Annual Rate of 3.2% for Quarter

The U.S. economy expanded at a healthy pace in the final quarter of last year amid a big jump in consumer spending, according to new Commerce Department figures.

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