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Consumer Confidence

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  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Plunging energy prices cause biggest cost-of-living drop in six years

    Plunging energy prices last month led to the biggest decline in the cost of living in six years, keeping inflation well below the Federal Reserve's target and possibly complicating plans for the central bank to start raising interest rates. The Consumer...
  • Low gas prices great for everyone, especially for people who drive for a living

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. They're not getting rich working out of their cars. But with gasoline prices plunging, the road to making a living is a lot less bumpy. For pizza delivery drivers, cabbies and anyone else fueling up their personal vehicles every few...
  • Detroit auto show looks to dazzle with hot exhibits, exotic cars

    DETROIT These are happier days for the auto industry and that positive energy will be on display in Detroit next week at the first major international auto show of the year. "If you are not having fun in this auto industry you apparently are not...
  • Retailers expect even stronger growth in 2015

     Retailers expect even stronger growth in 2015
    The stars are aligning for a robust year in retail — but the spoils aren't likely to be shared equally. Decreasing unemployment, brightening consumer confidence and plummeting gas prices point to a boost in consumer spending in 2015 that should be...
  • Wes Moss: The economy: Perception vs. reality

    If the last time you heard "the economy is doing well," and thought to yourself, "no way that's true," then this article is just right for you. Give our economy more credit. It is actually doing well. Most people still have a gloomy view of the economy....
  • Reform PSC, restore consumers' confidence: Editorial

    Reform PSC, restore consumers' confidence: Editorial
    Florida's major power companies have become political powers. It's time to rein them in, and the Legislature can make a start in 2015. State Sen. John Legg, R-Trinity, and Rep. Chris Sprowls, R-Palm Harbor, have introduced a measure to reform the way...
  • US retail sales tumbled in December as consumers turned cautious, but a rebound is expected

    With the job market on a roll and gas prices falling, consumers are spending away, right? Not quite. Americans actually cut back last month after ramping up spending in November, perplexing analysts who had expected strong retail sales in December in...