Consumer spending

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks during a meeting of government and ruling party officials at his office in Tokyo Wednesday, May 27, 2020. Japan’s Cabinet has approved a proposed 32 trillion-yen ($296 billion) supplementary budget to help fund measures to cushion the blow to the economy from the coronavirus pandemic. (Kyodo News via AP)
May 27, 2020 - 7:26 am
TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s Cabinet approved a proposed 32 trillion-yen ($296 billion) supplementary budget Wednesday to help fund $1.1 trillion in measures to cushion the blow to the economy from the coronavirus pandemic. The extra funding under consideration includes support for small businesses,...
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Shoppers walks past a sign encouraging masks at SouthPark Mall, Wednesday, May 13, 2020, in Strongsville, Ohio. Ohio retail businesses reopened Tuesday following a nearly two-month-long shutdown ordered by Gov. Mike DeWine to limit the spread of the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
May 15, 2020 - 8:56 am
BALTIMORE (AP) — U.S. retail sales tumbled by a record 16.4% from March to April as business shutdowns caused by the coronavirus kept shoppers away, threatened stores across the country and weighed down a sinking economy. The Commerce Department’s report Friday on retail purchases showed a sector...
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FILE - In this April 13, 2020, file photo, a couple walks through the capital city's popular shopping mall in Beijing. Factory output rose in April as China’s virus-battered economy reopened but job losses depressed consumer spending, a key driver of growth, challenging the ruling Communist Party's push to revive normal activity. Investment in factories and other fixed assets also improved as businesses reopened after China’s deepest economic slump since at least the 1960s, official data showed Friday, May 15, 2020. (AP Photo/Andy Wong, File)
May 15, 2020 - 2:12 am
BEIJING (AP) — Factory output rose in April as China’s virus-battered economy reopened but job losses depressed consumer spending, a key driver of growth, challenging the ruling Communist Party's push to revive normal activity. Investment in factories and other fixed assets also improved as...
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FILE - This Aug. 11, 2019 file photo shows credit cards in New Orleans. U.S. consumer borrowing fell in March for the first time in more than eight years, with the category covering credit cards dropping by the largest amount in over three decades, the Federal Reserve reported Thursday, May 7, 2020. (AP Photo/Jenny Kane, file)
May 12, 2020 - 2:32 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The economic paralysis caused by the coronavirus led in April to the steepest month-to-month fall in U.S. consumer prices since the 2008 financial crisis — a 0.8% drop that was driven by a plunge in gasoline prices. And excluding the normally volatile categories of food and energy...
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In this April 13, 2020, photo, a couple walk through the capital city's popular shopping mall in Beijing. Chinese leaders have reopened factories and shops in an effort to revive the economy, but the consumers whose spending propels most of China's growth have been slow to return to shopping malls and auto dealerships. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
April 15, 2020 - 10:13 pm
BEIJING (AP) — China, where the coronavirus pandemic started in December, is cautiously trying to get back to business, but it’s not easy when many millions of workers are wary of spending much or even going out. Factories and shops nationwide shut down starting in late January. Millions of...
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Patrolman Elliot Landrau keeps watch at the West Side Market, Friday, April 10, 2020, in Cleveland. There were fewer shoppers this year before the Easter holiday than in previous years due to the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
April 10, 2020 - 4:23 pm
The outbreak of the coronavirus has dealt a shock to the global economy with unprecedented speed. Following are developments Friday related to the global economy, the work place and the spread of the virus. ________________________ CONSUMER DURESS: The consumer drives about 70% of all economic...
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In this Tuesday, March 10, 2020, security guards patrolling the quiet Wangfujing shopping, a usually popular tourist spot before the new coronavirus outbreak in Beijing. China's consumer spending and other business activity fell even more than expected in January and February due to its virus outbreak, adding to the ruling Communist Party's challenges as it tries to revive the world's second-largest economy. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
March 16, 2020 - 3:52 am
BEIJING (AP) — China’s consumer spending and factory activity fell more than expected in January and February as it fought a virus outbreak, prompting some forecasters to warn this year’s economic growth might slump to its lowest level since the 1970s. Retail sales fell 20.5% from a year ago after...
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FILE - In this Dec. 9, 2019, file photo Melissa Rogan, left, and her daughter Renee, 9-months-old, browse the new Toys R Us store at a mall in Paramus, N.J. On Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020, the Conference Board reports on U.S. consumer confidence for February. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)
February 25, 2020 - 11:10 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumer confidence improved slightly in February, rising to a reading of 130.7, the highest point since August. The Conference Board said Tuesday that its measure of consumer sentiment is up from a revised reading of 130.4 in January. The January reading was revised down...
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FILE - In this May 10, 2019, file photo, a man walks in shade of a building as other people rest at a bench in Tokyo. The Japanese economy shrank at an annual pace of 6.3% in the October-December period, as growth got battered by typhoons and crimped consumer spending. The seasonally adjusted data released Monday, Feb. 17, 2020, by the Cabinet Office comes amid looming fears about the damage the regional economy is almost certain to suffer from the outbreak of a new virus that began in China late last year.(AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko, File)
February 16, 2020 - 9:47 pm
TOKYO (AP) — The Japanese economy shrank at an annual pace of 6.3% last quarter as growth was battered by typhoons and crimped consumer spending. The seasonally adjusted economic data released Monday by the Cabinet Office comes amid looming fears about the economic damage expected from the new...
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In this Jan. 9, 2020, photo Chevrolet Silverado pick-up trucks are lined up on the sales lot at the Betley Chevrolet dealership in Derry, N.H. On Friday, Jan. 31, the Commerce Department issues its December report on consumer spending, which accounts for roughly 70 percent of U.S. economic activity. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
January 31, 2020 - 8:35 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumer spending slowed in December as Americans spent more on prescription drugs and health care services but those gains did not offset a sharp slowdown in spending on new cars. The Commerce Department said Friday that consumer spending rose a moderate 0.3% after a...
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