Consumer spending

In this Sept. 23, 2019, photo shoppers examine refrigerators at a Home Depot store location, in Boston. On Wednesday, Oct. 16, the Commerce Department releases U.S. retail sales data for September. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
October 16, 2019 - 9:56 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Retail sales dropped in September by the largest amount in seven months, possibly signaling that rising trade tensions and turbulent markets are having an impact on consumer spending. Retail sales fell 0.3% last month following a 0.6% gain in August, the Commerce Department...
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In this Sept. 17, 2019, photo job seekers line up to speak to recruiters during an Amazon job fair in Dallas. On Friday, Oct. 4, the U.S. government issues the September jobs report. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
October 04, 2019 - 8:38 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers added a modest 136,000 jobs in September, enough to help lower the unemployment rate to a new five-decade low of 3.5%. Hiring has slowed this year as the U.S.-China trade war has intensified, global growth has slowed and businesses have cut back on their investment...
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FILE - In this Sept. 6, 2019, file photo passengers board a ferry that departs from Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. On Thursday, Sept. 26, the Commerce Department issues the third and final estimate of how the U.S. economy performed in the April-June quarter. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, File)
September 26, 2019 - 9:05 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy grew at a modest 2% annual rate in the second quarter, a pace sharply lower than the 3%-plus growth rates seen over the past year. Many analysts believe growth will slow further in coming quarters as global weakness and rising trade tensions exert a toll. The...
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FILE - In this July 31, 2019, file photo Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell speaks during a news conference following a two-day Federal Open Market Committee meeting in Washington. On Wednesday, Sept. 18, the Federal Reserve releases its latest monetary policy statement. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)
September 18, 2019 - 2:58 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Federal Reserve's monetary policy meeting (all times local): 2:50 p.m. Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell acknowledges that officials at the U.S. central bank are fractured about next steps on interest rates. Forecasts from the Fed show uncertainty about the...
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With cloudy skies in Washington, President Donald Trump speaks to the media as he returns to the White House from Camp David, Sunday, Sept. 1, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
September 01, 2019 - 7:10 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States and China on Sunday put in place their latest tariff increases on each other's goods, potentially raising prices Americans pay for some clothes, shoes, sporting goods and other consumer items before the holiday shopping season. President Donald Trump said U.S.-...
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FILE - In this June 19, 2019, file photo cargo ships are docked at the Port of Los Angeles in Los Angeles. On Thursday, Aug. 29, the Commerce Department issues the second estimate of how the U.S. economy performed in the April-June quarter.(AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)
August 29, 2019 - 2:23 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy slowed in the spring, and most analysts expect it to weaken further in the months ahead. Yet the main driver of growth — consumer spending — remains vigorous enough to keep the economy growing steadily if still modestly. Spending by households, which accounts for...
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FILE - In this July 11, 2019, file photo Weber grills are displayed at the Home Depot store in Londonderry, N.H. The Home Depot Inc. on Tuesday, Aug. 20, reported fiscal second-quarter net income of $3.48 billion. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)
August 20, 2019 - 4:37 pm
Americans continue to shop, vacation and buy cars at a brisk clip. But corporate America is starting to worry out loud that President Donald Trump's tariffs will depress consumer spending and undermine the economy. Home Depot, the nation's largest home improvement chain, said as much on Tuesday,...
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FILE - In this July 28, 2019, file photo unsold 2019 Lincoln Navigators sit at a dealership in Englewood, Colo. On Thursday, Aug. 15, the Commerce Department releases U.S. retail sales data for July. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)
August 15, 2019 - 10:41 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans spent more at retail stores and restaurants in July, a sign that concerns over weakening economic growth and a persistent trade war that have roiled financial markets have yet to dampen consumer confidence. Retail sales rose a healthy 0.7% last month after a 0.3% gain in...
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In this May 10, 2019, photo, a man walks in shade of a building as other people rest at a bench in Tokyo. Japanese government data are showing Japan’s economy grew at a better-than-expected 1.8% seasonally adjusted annualized rate during the April-June quarter on healthy consumer spending and capital investment. The Cabinet Office reported Friday, Aug. 9, Japan’s gross domestic product or GDP - the total value of a nation’s goods and services - was lifted by solid spending in the private sector as well as government investment, although exports faltered.(AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
August 08, 2019 - 10:59 pm
TOKYO (AP) — Japanese government data is showing Japan's economy grew at a better-than-expected 1.8% seasonally adjusted annualized rate during the April-June quarter on healthy consumer spending and capital investment. The Cabinet Office reported Friday Japan's gross domestic product or GDP — the...
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Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell speaks during a news conference following a two-day Federal Open Market Committee meeting in Washington, Wednesday, July 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
August 01, 2019 - 12:56 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve cut its key interest rate Wednesday for the first time in a decade to try to counter the impact of President Donald Trump's trade wars, stubbornly low inflation and global weakness. It left open the possibility of future rate cuts, but perhaps not as many as...
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