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Check Out Line: More good news about rebounding consumers

March 12, 2010

SHOPPERS2Check out the latest encouraging news about U.S. shoppers dusting themselves off and shelling out their hard earned cash again.

Check Out Line: Warning! Murky outlook ahead for retailers

November 2, 2009

shop11Check out the latest outlook on October sales at U.S. retailers.

While most industry experts expect a 1.2 percent rise thanks to the weather gods and easy comparisons, the forecast doesn’t really say it all.

Check Out Line: Are consumers spending?

March 27, 2009

Check out the latest, somewhat confusing, figures on consumer spending.ECONOMY-DOLLAR/PIZZA

The Commerce Department said U.S. consumer spending increased 0.2 percent in February, in line with market expectations, after rising 1 percent in January. That makes two straight months of gains.

Check Out Line: Falling gas prices mean falling retail sales

December 12, 2008

USACheck out the fifth straight drop in U.S. retail sales.

The Commerce Department said total retail sales fell 1.8 percent in November to a seasonally adjusted $355.66 billion following a revised 2.9 percent plunge in October.

Sorting through Black Friday data

December 2, 2008

Black Friday has come and gone but what on earth happened at the cash registers over the Thanksgiving weekend? The data is trickling in, and so are the early critiques. (See our previous blogs: Treat Black Friday reports cautiously and Black Friday data spurs more questions than answers)

Check Out Line: The short-lived tax rebate boost

August 13, 2008

sale.jpgCheck out the fading influence of tax rebate checks.

Tax rebate checks helped boost June retail sales but their influence appears to have petered out by July, according to data released by the Commerce Department on Wednesday.

Check Out Line: Billions can’t rescue retail sales

July 15, 2008

shop.jpgCheck out all those billions of dollars in U.S. tax rebate checks failing to give June retail sales much of a boost.