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1 year 8 months ago

More problems for cruise ships

Consumer confidence in cruise ships has dropped 12% in the last year. Cruise ship fires, health threats, and power outages have grabbed headlines worldwide. Now, the issue of crime against passengers is drawing the attention of the Senate Commerce Committee. According to the committee's report, the number of...

2 years 1 month ago

US consumer debt up $16.2 billion in January

WASHINGTON (AP) - Americans stepped up borrowing in January to buy cars and attend school, while staying cautious about using their credit cards. The Federal Reserve says consumer borrowing rose $16.2 billion in January from December to a total of $2.8 trillion. That's the highest level on record. A category...

4 years 6 months ago

4 deaths prompt Graco stroller recall

Baby gear maker Graco is recalling about 2 million strollers after receiving reports of four infant strangulations in the strollers. The Consumer Product Safety Commission, which announced the recall Wednesday, said the infant strangulations occurred between 2003 and 2005. The strollers being recalled are older versions of the...

4 years 11 months ago

April consumer spending falls from March

New figures show Americans pulled back from the malls in April after spending more rapidly in March. The lull comes on the heels of three straight month-to-month gains in retail spending, according to figures released by MasterCard Advisors' SpendingPulse. April's business was hurt by cool weather as well as...

5 years 1 month ago

Anthem Blue Cross sued over price hikes

A group suing Anthem Blue Cross claims California's largest for-profit health insurer is manipulating coverage and forcing patients into policies with higher deductibles but fewer benefits. Consumer Watchdog filed the lawsuit Monday in Ventura County Superior Court. It accuses Anthem of violating a state law requiring health insurers to...

5 years 1 month ago

Consumer confidence falls sharply

A monthly poll shows consumers' confidence took a surprisingly sharp fall in February amid rising job worries. The decline ends three straight months of improvement and raises concerns about the economic recovery. The Conference Board says its Consumer Confidence Index fell almost 11 points to 46 in February, down from...

5 years 2 months ago

Safety commission warns crib makers

The makers of children's products are hearing a stern warning from one of the nation's top safety officials. The head of the Consumer Product Safety Commission says the makers of toys, cribs and other children's products need to put safety first. If not, she says, they'll face possible fines, lawsuits...

5 years 7 months ago

AP Poll: Economy still troubles most Americans

A new poll suggests the economy still trouble most Americans one year after Wall Street teetered on the brink of collapse. According to a new Associated Press-GfK poll, seven out of 10 Americans lack confidence the federal government has taken safeguards to prevent another financial industry meltdown. Even more --...

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