March 28, 2011 Economists watch consumer spending closely because it accounts for about 70 percent of all that's spent on goods and services in the U.S. But when spending rises because of a sharp increase in prices, not demand, that's not great news.
March 17, 2011 Higher food and energy costs pushed prices up the most for any month since mid-2009. Meanwhile, claims for jobless benefits have declined in three of the past four weeks.
March 16, 2011 It was the largest one-month increase in nearly two years and was driven by sharply higher food and energy costs. Meanwhile, housing starts plunged in February.
February 17, 2011 Over the past year, prices were up 1.6 percent.
February 15, 2011 As commodities, labor and utilities all cost more, companies are going to try to pass those increases along to consumers.
December 15, 2010 Prices rose less than economists had expected — another sign that inflation remains in check.
September 16, 2010 Though there are many other economic indicators pointing to continued tough times, these indicators offer at least a bit of less-than-bad news.