Consumer Spending

  • Economy Watch: US Economy Turns in Sluggish First Quarter

    U.S. real GDP increased only 0.7 percent in the first quarter of 2017, compared with 2.1 percent in last year's fourth quarter. Commercial real estate investment also took a hit as lenders likely were more cautious to start off the year.

    National 01 May 2017 19:44
  • Another New Normal

    By Ken Riggs, President, Situs RERC: As uncertainty continues in the global markets, investors will have to get used to managing through the uneven nature of the economy.

    National 15 June 2016 15:51
  • Why Haven’t Low Gas Prices Stimulated Retail Sales?

    The answer may lie in the question: How long will it be before consumers start to feel the change is permanent?

    National 19 April 2016 12:52
  • Economy Watch Weekly: Consumer Spending Increases, But for How Long?

    Retail sales are up so far this year, but can consumers sustain the increased pace of spending on retail goods? Economy editor Dees Stribling weighs in for the week ending Feb. 19. Tags: Census Bureau, Consumer Sentiment Index, consumer spending, deliquency, e-commerce, Federal Reserve, household debt, retail property, wages

    National 23 February 2016 14:00
  • Economy Watch Weekly: Take the Good with the Bad

    Economy editor Dees Stribling discusses the mixed news on the state of the U.S. economy, with some sectors flourishing and others feeling the impact of global economic issues, for the week ending Jan. 22. Tags: construction spending, consumer spending, design services, retail sector, U.S. economy

    National 26 January 2016 17:29
  • Holiday Retail Sales, Freddie-Mac Delinquencies

    Holiday retail sales between Thanksgiving and Christmas increased 5.5 percent this year. Freddie Mac reported that its single-family serious delinquency rate was unchanged in November month over month.

    National 29 December 2014 15:02

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