Discretionary spending

A boy looks over a Black Friday sale item at a J.C. Penney store, Friday, Nov. 24, 2017, in Seattle. Black Friday has morphed from a single day when people got up early to score doorbusters into a whole season of deals, so shoppers may feel less need to be out. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
November 24, 2017 - 6:41 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on Black Friday (all times local): 6:30 p.m.: Macy's says it has "fully resolved" problems on Black Friday related to its processing some gift and credit cards. The chain blamed the glitch on "overcapacity" that caused some transactions to take longer to process. It says...
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Joey Ellis adds to his armful of items while shopping for deals at a J.C. Penney store, Friday, Nov. 24, 2017, in Seattle. Black Friday has morphed from a single day when people got up early to score doorbusters into a whole season of deals, so shoppers may feel less need to be out. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
November 24, 2017 - 5:28 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Retailers worked hard to attract shoppers to stores on Black Friday, offering in-person deals meant to counter the ease of shopping by phone on Amazon. A better economy and colder weather helped, to be sure. But stores have also tried to improve the store experience and offer better...
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Brenda Garcia, left, and Sonia Salgado look through the JCPenney flyer as they wait for the store to open on Thanksgiving, Thursday, Nov. 23, 2017, in Corpus Christi, Texas. (Courtney Sacco/Corpus Christi Caller-Times via AP)
November 23, 2017 - 6:36 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Shoppers are hitting the stores on Thanksgiving as retailers under pressure look for ways to poach shoppers from their rivals. As the holiday shopping season officially kicked off, retailers are counting on a lift from a better economy. But they're also looking beyond economic data...
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FILE - In this Thursday, June 1, 2017, file photo, customers walk out of a Walmart store in Hialeah Gardens, Fla. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. reports earnings, Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz, File)
November 16, 2017 - 12:27 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — A surging online business and strong food sales boosted Walmart's results Thursday ahead of the holiday season, a day after its rival Target offered a cautious forecast that overshadowed progress it has made in bringing more customers to its stores. And Best Buy, the nation's...
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September 16, 2017 - 11:56 pm
ONE HOME, TWO RECORD-SETTING CATS FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. (AP) — Here's a very tall tail: Two record-setting cats are living together near Detroit. Arcturus Aldebaran Powers holds the Guinness World Records mark for tallest domestic cat, measuring at about 19 inches (48 centimeters). Housemate...
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September 16, 2017 - 9:10 am
ONE HOME, TWO RECORD-SETTING CATS FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. (AP) — Here's a very tall tail: Two record-setting cats are living together near Detroit. Arcturus Aldebaran Powers holds the Guinness World Records mark for tallest domestic cat, measuring at about 19 inches (48 centimeters). Housemate...
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September 13, 2017 - 12:57 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Target is stocking its stores and warehouses with even more extra staff this holiday shopping season, hoping to win customers with easy-to-find goods and fast service. It's hiring 100,000 people to work at its more than 1,800 stores during its busiest time, up 40 percent from last...
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September 13, 2017 - 11:42 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Target is stocking its stores and warehouses with even more extra staff this holiday shopping season, hoping to win customers with easy-to-find goods and fast service. It's hiring 100,000 people to work at its more than 1,800 stores during its busiest time, up 40 percent from last...
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September 13, 2017 - 8:13 am
HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) — A former administrative assistant to an Arkansas county official has pleaded guilty to fraudulent use of a credit card after prosecutors accused her of using public money to buy personal items, including a tuxedo for her pet pug. Kristi Goss was set for trial this week but...
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In this Wednesday, June 14, 2017, photograph, Danny Aguilar poses from his office in his home in Lakewood, Colo. Aguilar, like nearly half of Americans surveyed in a new poll conducted by The Associated Press-NORC Center Public Affairs Research, said they will not be taking a vacation this summer because they can not afford it or can not get time away from the job. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
June 15, 2017 - 12:21 pm
Forget frequent flier miles, last-minute getaways and even road trips. Nearly half of Americans say they won't be taking a vacation this summer, mostly because they can't afford it, according to a new poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. The new AP-NORC survey,...
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