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US Consumer Confidence at Highest Since 2008

Americans’ confidence in the economy surged last month to the highest level in nearly five years, as many were encouraged by an improving job market.

Splurges likely to stay part of Christmas past

FINANCE | By Anne D’Innocenzio | Oct 7
The Christmas shopping season doesn’t kick off for another six weeks, but retailers already are signaling they’re prepared to discount aggressively if needed to entice shoppers still skittish about spending

Retail data: September sales edge up

FINANCE | By Mae Anderson | Oct 6
Americans kept spending carefully last month, buying electronics and back-to-school clothes but holding back on luxuries.

Sour economic mood in living room and boardroom

FINANCE | By Anne D’Innocenzio | Sep 29
Americans in both the living room and the boardroom are growing more fearful about the economy, creating a Catch-22 for the job market: Shoppers won’t spend until they feel more secure, and business won’t hire until people start spending.

Consumer spending jumps 1.3 percent in August

CORPORATE | By Martin Crutsinger | Oct 1
Consumer spending, propelled by the wildly popular Cash for Clunkers auto sales program, shot up in August by the largest amount in nearly eight years even though personal incomes continued to lag.

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