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Post-Brexit UK consumers are oddly rational

August 18, 2016

Flagging confidence didn’t stop Britons from spending a month after their vote to leave the EU. Consumers may be blind to the recession threat. Or they may be anticipating that a slumping pound will push up the price of imported goods, and pre-empting higher inflation.

Americans can’t feel better than companies forever

September 27, 2012

U.S. consumers are cheerier about life. But the corporate world is gloomier. If consumption jumps, it could soothe the business world’s blues. But the weak global economy and dysfunction in Washington are stunting hiring and could drag people down along with executives.