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Consumer Spending Index Rises in July

NEW YORK, Aug. 12, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Bolstered by a rise in home prices and a slight improvement in real wages, the Deloitte Consumer Spending Index rose in July for the first time since January. The Index tracks consumer cash flow as an indicator of future consumer spending. “The housing market is showing multiple signs of stabilizing… Read More »

Consumer Reports Taste Tests the Best Cups of Joe

YONKERS, N.Y., Aug. 2, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Consumer Reports brewed over 1,000 cups of coffee to deem two new champs among Colombian varietals in the latest issue available on newsstands today. Gloria Jean’s Colombian Supremo Medium Roast and Newman’s Own Organics Colombian Especial Medium Roast beat Consumer Reports top pick from the March 2009 report, Eight O’Clock Coffee. The former champ delivered less flavor… Read More »

Consumer Confidence Index Declines Again – Second Recession Probable

NEW YORK, June 28, 2011 — The Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index continued its multi-month decline in June. After having decreased to 61.7 in May the economic index hit 58.5 this month indicating that consumers are feeling the onset of a second, or double-dip, recession. Director of The Conference Board Consumer Research Center Lynn Franco said, “This month’s… Read More »

Consumer Confidence Index Declines

NEW YORK, May 31, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — The Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index® , which had improved in April, decreased in May. The Index now stands at 60.8 (1985=100), down from 66.0 in April. The Present Situation Index decreased to 39.3 from 40.2. The Expectations Index declined to 75.2 from 83.2 last month. The monthly Consumer Confidence Survey® ,… Read More »

Economic Forecasts Too Rosy?

The last few weeks have been ripe with claims that the U.S. economy is recovering. Pointing primarily at consumer sentiment and holiday spending, analysts expected that the outlook for America could only improve from here. Unfortunately, the numbers don’t add up: Gallup’s economic confidence index is at -31, well below its 52 week low February… Read More »

Dodd-Frank: A Nightmare On So Many Levels

Senators Barney Frank and Chris Dodd put together yet another progressive nightmare for our marginally free-market system. Granted the thought of those two alone in a dark corner is nausea-inducing, that’s not where I’m going. The Dodd-Frank bill, otherwise known as the “Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act” neither reforms Wall Street nor protects… Read More »