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Workers pack items Sunday at an Amazon fulfillment center in Tracy, Calif. Cyber Monday online sales jumped 8.5 percent over 2013.
December 2, 2014 In-store purchases on Black Friday fell this year, but online sales have seen a big increase. Easy comparison shopping and widespread free shipping have sweetened the deal for many online shoppers.
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DeLisa Tolson signed up for health insurance at a retail store set up by Connecticut's exchange. She says she was so happy with the experience, she told all her friends.
March 24, 2014 Connecticut opened retail stores to market its health insurance exchange. Some customers are getting insurance for the first time and others are hoping to lower their premiums.
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December 12, 2013 Officials say it's difficult to account for shifts caused by factors related to the holidays and separate them from the trends more closely linked to the economy's underlying strengths and weaknesses.
June 13, 2013 There were fewer people applying for unemployment insurance last week. And in May, consumers spent more — particularly on cars.
April 12, 2013 The good news: Inflation remains in check. The bad news: Consumers were less willing to spend last month.
March 13, 2013 The 1.1 percent increase is a sign that despite higher payroll taxes and increases in the price of such things as gasoline, consumers are still willing to spend. And that's good news for the economy.
Shoppers in Manhattan on Christmas Eve last month.
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January 15, 2013 Consumers were still in a spending mood in December, even as lawmakers battled over the budget. Meanwhile, wholesale prices fell slightly. Those are both good signs for the economy.
September 14, 2012 The government reports consumer prices and retail sales increased during August, mostly due to more expensive gas prices.
August 14, 2012 The gain could be a sign that consumers are growing more confident.
July 16, 2012 The news is among several recent indications that the economy is slowing. But, the pace is still better than a year ago.
March 13, 2012 They were up 1.1 percent from January. Higher gas prices were one reason, but excluding gasoline sales were still up 0.8 percent.
Black Friday at Macy's in Manhattan: Shoppers lined up.
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November 28, 2011 A good first weekend is welcome news. But after a deep recession and with unemployment still high, analysts want to wait and see.
November 15, 2011 Meanwhile, wholesale prices dipped thanks to a sharp drop in energy costs.
October 14, 2011 It was the best gain since February and was driven by higher car sales.
September 14, 2011 A sharp drop in energy costs offset a sharp increase in food prices.
June 14, 2011 The decline in retail sales is among several recent signs that economic growth is slowing.
June 2, 2011 There were 422,000 first-time claims for unemployment insurance, vs. 428,000 the week before. Meanwhile, retailers say sales were hurt in May by bad weather and anxiety over rising food and gas prices.
May 12, 2011 A trio of economic indicators add to the economic puzzle.
No Sale: Family Dollar has turned away an offer valuing the company at $6.99 billion. In the past three years, the chain's stores have thrived. Its stock price is up more than 150 percent over the last 3 years.
March 3, 2011 Family Dollar's board of directors has unanimously rejected a takeover bid from a New York hedge fund. The offer from the Trian Fund had put the Charlotte-based company's value at $6.99 billion.
February 15, 2011 Harsh weather across much of the nation in January may have kept sales from rising as much as economists thought they would.
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