Consumer confidence

FILE - This June 29, 2016 file photo shows a Target store in Hialeah, Fla. Target shoppers took full advantage of the retailer’s pickup and drive up services over the holiday season, climbing 60 percent from a year earlier and making up a quarter of the chain’s online sales for the November-December period. Target Corp. also announced Thursday, Jan. 9, 2019 that sales at stores open at least a year increased 5.7 percent in the period, up from 3.4 percent a year earlier. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)
January 10, 2019 - 5:08 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — It was supposed to be a great holiday shopping season. Many investors had expected department stores to enjoy robust sales in light of a U.S. economy buoyed by low unemployment, higher wages, strong consumer confidence and cheap gas. So when Macy's and Kohl's reported lackluster...
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FILE - In this Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018 file photo, people walk past a holiday window at Saks Fifth Avenue, in New York. U.S. consumer confidence tumbled this month as Americans began to worry that economic growth will moderate next year. The Conference Board, a business research group, says its consumer confidence index fell to 128.1 in December, down from 136.4 in November and lowest since July. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
December 27, 2018 - 10:41 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumer confidence tumbled this month as Americans began to worry that economic growth will moderate next year. But consumer spirits are still high by historic standards. The Conference Board, a business research group, said Thursday that its consumer confidence index fell...
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FILE- In this Nov. 23, 2018, file photo Shauna Turlipof, left, and Kathi Bankes make their way through other Black Friday shoppers at the Viewmont Mall in Scranton, Pa. On Tuesday, Nov. 27, the Conference Board releases its November index on U.S. consumer confidence. (Jake Danna Stevens/The Times-Tribune via AP, File)
November 27, 2018 - 10:46 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumer confidence slipped this month but remains strong. The Conference Board, a business research group, said Tuesday that its consumer confidence index fell to 135.7 in November from October's 18-year high 137.9. The index measures consumers' assessment of current...
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FILE- In this Sept. 27, 2018, file photo shoppers browse the items on display at the Amazon 4-star store in the Soho neighborhood of New York. On Tuesday, Oct. 30, the Conference Board releases its October index on U.S. consumer confidence. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)
October 30, 2018 - 10:23 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumer confidence rose again this month, hitting a new 18-year high. The Conference Board says its consumer confidence index climbed to 137.9 in October from 135.3 in September. Both readings are the highest since September 2000. The index measures consumers' assessment of...
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October 02, 2018 - 8:12 pm
Vehicle sales are slowing down despite a run on big SUVs. Major automakers said Tuesday that U.S. sales fell 7 percent in September and 4 percent for the June-through-September quarter, compared with the same periods last year. Weaker numbers for September and the third quarter wiped out a 1.8...
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In this Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018, photo, a prospective buyer looks over a 2019 Cooper S convertible on the showroom floor of a Mini dealership in Highlands Ranch, Colo. On Friday, Sept. 14, the Commerce Department releases U.S. retail sales data for August. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
September 14, 2018 - 9:01 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. retail sales barely rose in August as consumers slowed their spending after a robust month of shopping in July. The Commerce Department said Friday that the value of purchases ticked up just 0.1 percent last month, the smallest increase in six months. But the sluggish figure...
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This July 25, 2018, photo shows a help wanted sign at a new Zaxby's restaurant in Madison, Miss. On Friday, Sept. 7, the Labor Department reports on job openings and labor turnover for August. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
September 07, 2018 - 12:30 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The pace of hiring in the United States quickened in August, and wages grew at their fastest pace in nine years — evidence that employers remain confident despite the Trump administration's ongoing conflicts with its trading partners. The economy added a strong 201,000 jobs, and...
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FILE- In this Wednesday, June 20, 2018, file photo, Jason Joshua waits on customers at Zak the Baker in Miami. Americans who quit to take new jobs are enjoying pay raises that are one-third larger than raises for workers who stay put, a gap that has reached the widest point since the Great Recession. At the same time, retail and restaurant workers are receiving more generous raises than manufacturing workers are. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)
September 07, 2018 - 6:36 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers likely hired at a healthy pace in August, emboldened by brisk consumer spending and an economy that keeps growing steadily. Economists have forecast that employers added 189,000 jobs in August and that the unemployment rate dipped from an already-low 3.9 percent to...
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FILE- In this July 3, 2018, file photo, a shopper carries bags in San Francisco. On Tuesday, Aug. 28, the Conference Board releases its August index on U.S. consumer confidence. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)
August 28, 2018 - 11:18 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans' consumer confidence rose in August to the highest level in nearly 18 years as their assessment of current conditions improved further and their expectations about the future rebounded. The Conference Board reported Tuesday that its consumer confidence index rose to 133...
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In this July 3, 2018, photo, a shopper carries bags in San Francisco. On Monday, July 16, the Commerce Department releases U.S. retail sales data for June. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
July 16, 2018 - 8:56 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. retail sales rose at a solid pace last month despite higher prices and modest wage gains, a sign of underlying consumer optimism. The Commerce Department said Monday that sales at retailers and restaurants increased 0.5 percent in June, following a big 1.3 percent gain the...
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