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Consumer Confidence

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  • Analysis: Republicans' biggest challenge in 2016 is a rosier economy

    For years, President Obama had a singular problem: convincing Americans who were not feeling the economic recovery that it was real and a cause for optimism, not to mention for electing fellow Democrats. Now Republicans seeking to capture the White...
  • Finding balance in L.A.'s minimum wage discussion

    Finding balance in L.A.'s minimum wage discussion
    Rob Lohman took a huge risk five years ago when he started a company in downtown Los Angeles that makes eco-chic clothing out of organic cotton and hemp. One day last year he was surprised to get a call from Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. "He wanted...
  • McDonald's makes changes to woo back customers, but says it won't happen overnight

    McDonald's isn't lovin' it, and it's going to do something about it. The world's largest hamburger chain reported falling earnings and sales for its fourth quarter on Friday and says it is going to take action this year to save money and bring...
  • Terry Savage: 5 things to know about deflation

    Americans have grown up with fears of inflation commonly defined as rising prices. But despite the Federal Reserve's oft-stated concern with inflation, we haven't seen much of it in recent years. In fact, the current concern is quite the opposite:...
  • Your chances for a raise are best in years, survey finds

     Your chances for a raise are best in years, survey finds
    Many workers in Chicago and elsewhere might have reason to feel more optimistic about their chances of getting a raise than they have in years. Nearly 2 in 5 small and midsize U.S. businesses, or 38 percent, said they plan to increase salaries in the...
  • Strong outlook for Lehigh Valley economy, Chamber members told

    Strong outlook for Lehigh Valley economy, Chamber members told
    The Lehigh Valley and U.S. economies are on the mend. Wells Fargo global economist Jay H. Bryson told the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce at its annual Economic Outlook meeting Tuesday that the bank forecasts improved economic growth in the...
  • Home builder confidence slips to start the year, report says

    U.S. home builders grew slightly less optimistic in January, although they're still confident in the market for newly built single-family homes. The National Assn. of Home Builders confidence index, released Tuesday, fell a point from December, to a...
  • Prospects for housing market looking brighter

    Prospects for housing market looking brighter
    First-time homebuyers and would-be buyers with scuffed credit histories may find more doors opening to them in the real estate market in the coming year, according to a leading mortgage-industry analyst. Keith Gumbinger is vice president of HSH...
  • Orlando's 'living wage' policy unchanged for 11 years

    Orlando's 'living wage' policy unchanged for 11 years
    Orlando adopted an $8.50-an-hour "living-wage" policy in 2003 but hasn't changed it in the 11 years since. Orlando's "living-wage" policy for city workers and contractors, the only one in Central Florida, was hailed as a way to lift the working poor...
  • Obama jumps ahead of Congress, highlighting economy in Michigan visit

    Obama jumps ahead of Congress, highlighting economy in Michigan visit
    Taking credit for a spate of good economic news and boasting of more to come, President Obama kicked off a three-state tour Wednesday hoping to prove that Republicans' rise to power in the Capitol this week will not push him to the sidelines. Speaking...
  • Mortgage rates hit 20-month low as 30-year loans fall to 3.73%

    Mortgage rates hit 20-month low as 30-year loans fall to 3.73%
    Worries about economic troubles in Europe and Asia have sent mortgage rates plunging to a 20-month low, with Freddie Mac saying the average rate for a 30-year conventional loan fell to 3.73% early this week from 3.87% a week earlier. The average rate...