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  • Retail sales are flat in July as consumers remain wary

    Retail sales were flat in July and missed expectations as weak car demand held back growth. Excluding motor vehicles and auto parts sales, which can be volatile, retail sales climbed 0.1%, the Commerce Department said Wednesday. However, that missed...
  • Food buyers lean toward 'natural,' a claim that's hard to define

    Food buyers lean toward 'natural,' a claim that's hard to define
    When you buy a box of crackers labeled "natural," do you just assume they're organic? Don't. When you choose an "all natural" chocolate syrup for your kids' ice cream, are you thinking it has less sugar? Read the label. But what about those "natural"...
  • Burger King pulls low-fat fries after tepid response from consumers

    Burger King pulls low-fat fries after tepid response from consumers
    Burger King is pulling its more-healthful crinkle-cut French fries, known as Satisfries, from most of its North American restaurants as customer interest in low-fat options went cold.  The Miami-based fast-food king said Wednesday that franchisees...
  • The week in review: scams, refunds, recalls and other consumer news you need to know

    The week in review: scams, refunds, recalls and other consumer news you need to know
    Happy Monday! If you're looking for good news, you've come to the wrong place. If you want the dirt on the latest scams, accusations of fraud, recalls and other consumer news, read on for a summary of what the Watchdog dug up last week, from the VA's...
  • Will Tesla Model S lose Consumer Reports' top recommendation?

    Will Tesla Model S lose Consumer Reports' top recommendation?
    Is Consumer Reports falling out of love with Tesla? ------------ FOR THE RECORD An earlier version of this post said Edmunds reported that on three occasions the drivers testing the Tesla experienced a "car died roadside" situation. In fact, an...
  • California PUC losing luster, clout

    California PUC losing luster, clout
    Recent years have not been kind to the California Public Utilities Commission. Two high-profile disasters—the 2010 San Bruno gas pipeline explosion, which killed eight, and the shutdown last year of the San Onofre nuclear power plant—have...
  • Consumer spending high in Maryland, but so is income

    Consumer spending high in Maryland, but so is income
    Maryland might be a relatively pricey place to live, but the average resident can afford it — and then some. That's what a first-ever breakdown of consumer spending by state suggests. Per-person spending on goods and services for Maryland...
  • FICO changes may save consumers billions -- but not soon, experts say

    FICO changes may save consumers billions -- but not soon, experts say
    America’s most widely used credit-scoring system is being revised to reduce the negative effect of overdue medical bills and to quit penalizing consumers who pay off debts that had been assigned to collection agencies. The changes to the hugely...
  • Customer service for new cellphone is never a direct line [For Better or Worse]

    Customer service for new cellphone is never a direct line [For Better or Worse]
    Originally, mobile phones were the size, shape and heft of your average brick. People would walk down the street yelling, "Guess where I'm calling from!" into the mouthpiece. Now we have "smartphones." Ironically, it's the user who has to be smart to...
  • Tax-free shopping starts Sunday

    Tax-free shopping starts Sunday
    Maryland stands to lose about $5 million in tax revenue next week. And that's just fine with the state's chief tax collector, Comptroller Peter Franchot. Franchot said the state's annual tax-free shopping week, which starts Sunday, gives a boost to...
  • The taxi wars [Editorial]

    The taxi wars  [Editorial]
    The Maryland Public Service Commission's decision this week to classify the ride-sharing service Uber as a common carrier is probably not the end of the story as to whether the company will continue its operations in Baltimore City and Annapolis. Uber has...