April 26, 2011 The Conference Board's widely watched consumer confidence index is one gauge of how consumers are feeling.
March 29, 2011 Inflation fears and anxiety about personal incomes drove the decline.
February 22, 2011 While one indicator bodes well for the economy, the other signals that problems remain.
January 25, 2011 Since American consumers buy about 70 percent of all the goods and services produced by businesses, their mood is an important indicator of how things may go for the economy in coming months.
December 28, 2010 Still, Lynn Franco, director of the Consumer Research Center at the Conference Board, says that "despite this month's modest decline, consumer confidence is no worse off today than it was a year ago."
Dec. 14: Heading home after shopping in Manhattan.
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December 28, 2010 The word late yesterday from MasterCard Advisors' SpendingPulse that consumers spent 5.5 percent more this holiday season than in 2009 is one of the strongest economic indicators in months.
November 30, 2010 Consumers felt a bit better -- a good sign for the economy if it means demand for goods and services will pick up as well.
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