| Jun 2, 2014
| 6:53 AM
Americans reported they spent more on average each day last month than at any time since 2008, boosted by a Memorial Day spending spree, according to Gallup poll results released Monday.
The self-reported average daily spending of $98 in May was up...
| Jun 27, 2014
| 7:51 AM
Consumer confidence rose slightly this month as Americans reported the strongest gains in their personal financial situation in seven years, according to results of a leading private survey released Friday.
The consumer sentiment index from the...
| Aug 7, 2014
| 1:26 PM
Consumers in California are among the heaviest spenders in the country for housing and utilities but spend less than the national average for healthcare, energy, and food and beverages, according to new government data.
So-called personal consumption...
| Jun 19, 2014
| 7:44 AM
A prominent consumer group is calling on 20 hospitals, including three in Southern California, to stop marketing medical tests to patients that the group considers unnecessary and unethical.
Public Citizen said it sent letters to hospitals in eight...
| Jun 23, 2014
| 7:21 AM
About 26% of Americans have no money saved to handle emergencies, according to a new poll that showed households making little progress over the past year in their ability to deal with financial trouble.
The Bankrate.com survey results released Monday...
| Jul 8, 2014
| 1:29 PM
Americans borrowed $19.6 billion more in May in consumer credit, although growth slowed from the previous month's torrid pace, the Federal Reserve said Tuesday.
Outstanding consumer credit, which includes auto and student loans as well as credit card...
| Jul 17, 2014
| 7:47 AM
Nearly two-thirds of voters think the stock market is rigged against them and a majority believe Wall Street and big banks hurt average Americans, according to poll results from a pro-regulation group.
The survey by Better Markets, a nonprofit...
| Aug 14, 2014
| 8:38 AM
The Eurozone's feeble recovery came to an outright halt in the second quarter, the latest in a batch of disappointing global economic indicators that have clouded the prospects for American growth.
Economic output in the 18-nation Euro area stalled in...
| Jul 22, 2014
| 7:27 AM
A big jump in how much Americans pay at the gas pump pushed consumer prices up 0.3% in June, but the overall inflation trend remained steady, the Labor Department said Tuesday.
The rise in the Consumer Price Index was less than the seasonally adjusted...
| Jul 30, 2014
| 12:53 PM
Despite the economic rebound and sharp drop in the unemployment rate recently, Federal Reserve officials still see considerable weakness in the labor market and remain very cautious about moving away from their easy-money policy.
The Fed, in a statement...
| Jul 23, 2014
| 1:16 PM
Federal and state officials filed lawsuits accusing dozens of companies of ripping off struggling homeowners by falsely promising help in avoiding foreclosures or lowering mortgage payments while collecting millions of dollars in illegal upfront fees....