Gas prices below $3 per gallon add up to big savings for consumers.
November 1, 2014 Even if a big raise is not imminent for you, five factors are helping stretch today's paycheck: cheap gasoline; a strong dollar; low interest rates; fierce retail competition and a huge corn harvest.
Retailers are optimistic about back-to-school sales because the job market has been strengthening and gas prices have been falling.
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August 15, 2014 Retailers are optimistic about back-to-school sales because the job market has been strengthening and gas prices falling. Still, many retailers count on sales-tax holidays to lure shoppers to malls.
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July 28, 2014 The airline industry and its unions support the bill, which would allow them to list ticket prices without taxes and fees. Consumer groups say that will lead to deceptive marketing.
September 25, 2012 Ben Bernanke needs to convince consumers that they can trust the economy again, that now really is the time to jump back into the stock market or buy that bigger house.
August 20, 2010 Companies may not hire for some time because of tepid consumer demand. A weak recovery could continue for much longer than Americans are accustomed to as consumers repay debt and save more.
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