Consumer spending

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 - 9:07 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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Customers shop at a toy store in Beijing, Wednesday, May 15, 2019. For many Americans, President Donald Trump's trade war may soon get very real. His administration is preparing to extend 25% tariffs to practically all Chinese imports not already hit with duties, including toys, sneakers, shirts, alarm clocks, toasters and coffeemakers. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
May 15, 2019 - 6:46 am
BEIJING (AP) — China's factory output and consumer spending weakened in April as a tariff war with Washington intensified, adding to pressure on Beijing to shore up shaky economic growth. Wednesday's unexpectedly weak data prompted suggestions Beijing needs to boost stimulus spending and bank...
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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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FILE- In this July 3, 2018, file photo, a shopper carries bags in San Francisco. American consumers are feeling more confident this April 2019, though optimism hasn’t fully recovered from a period of roiling markets and slowed hiring early this year. The Conference Board, a business research group, said Tuesday, April 30, 2019, that its consumer confidence index rose to 129.2 in April, from 124.2 in March. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)
April 30, 2019 - 11:29 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — American consumers are feeling more confident this month, though optimism hasn't fully recovered from a period of roiling markets and slowed hiring early this year. The Conference Board, a business research group, said Tuesday that its consumer confidence index rose to 129.2 in...
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FILE - In this March 6, 2019, file photo, container ships docked at the Port of Oakland wait to be unloaded in Oakland, Calif. The U.S. economy shook off fears of a sharp slowdown in the first quarter of the year and grew at a solid pace, suggesting the nearly decade-long expansion still has a ways to go. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)
April 26, 2019 - 4:13 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The worries that hung ominously over the U.S. economy early this year appear to have lifted. And that sunnier picture has helped bolster confidence in the stock market — driving the benchmark S&P 500 index to another record high Friday. The latest dose of encouragement came in...
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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 Dec. 24, 2018, file photo Devyn Kirkpatrick looks over a discounted winter coat at a Columbia store as last-minute shoppers finish up their Christmas gift lists at the Outlet Malls in Castle Rock in Castle Rock, Colo. On Friday, March 1, 2019, the Commerce Department issues its December report on consumer spending, which accounts for roughly 70 percent of U.S. economic activity. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)
March 01, 2019 - 10:10 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumer spending tumbled 0.5 percent in December, the biggest decline in nine years, as the holiday shopping season ended in disappointment. Meanwhile, incomes rose sharply in December but edged down in January. The fall in consumer spending followed sizable gains of 0.7...
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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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