Content Tagged As consumers

2 years 1 week ago

Marketers fooling you with greenwashing

Greenwashing: it's when a company uses images or terms to make consumers believe a product is more environmentally friendly than it really is, and it happens more than you might think. We've seen the symbols and know the lingo-- terms like 'natural', 'green' and 'organic'-- but it's not all...

2 years 10 months ago

Americans shopped in January

NEW YORK (AP) -- Americans were shopping in January, but that doesn't mean every store felt the love. Retailers reported mixed sales results for the month in a sign that U.S. consumers continue to be cautious about when and where they spend their money in the shaky economy ...

4 years 6 months ago

Feds get picky over what makes oil 'extra virgin'

New federal standards for olive oil definitions are aimed at making it easier for consumers to know exactly what they're buying. Terms such as extra virgin, light, unfiltered, cold-pressed, among others have long left people wondering. The U.S. Department of Agriculture in April adopted scientifically verifiable standards for such...

4 years 7 months ago

Consumer rules, Fed audit next on Senate agenda

Disputes over consumer protections and how Congress should oversee the Federal Reserve loom as obstacles to the Senate's efforts to rein in Wall Street. Republicans have offered a weaker alternative to consumer protection measures that are central to President Barack Obama's Wall Street regulation plan. And a bipartisan group...

4 years 8 months ago

Lots of buzz for 3-D TV

Stoney Kahn saw it advertised on the Masters and just had to check it out, 3-D television. "I don't know if I'm going to buy one or not, but I certainly want to see one," Kahn says. He's not the only one interested. At The Soundshop in Colorado...

4 years 8 months ago

Incomes flat; consumer spending rises

Americans aren't making any more money--but they're spending more. Consumers spent modestly last month, a sign that the economic recovery is proceeding at a decent - but not spectacular - pace. The government says consumers boosted their spending 0.3 percent in February, a tad slower than the 0.4...

4 years 10 months ago

For Toyota drivers, confusion and anger

Toyota executives have been virtually silent amid a recall of millions of their cars because gas pedals can become dangerously stuck. For their customers, oh, what a feeling - fear, frustration, confusion and anger. Since Tuesday, when the Japanese automaker said it would stop making and selling some of...

4 years 11 months ago

Recovery not as strong as previously thought

The economy grew at a 2.2 percent pace in the third quarter, as the recovery got off to a weaker start than previously thought. The Commerce Department's new reading for the July-to-September quarter was slower than the 2.8 percent growth rate estimated a month ago. Economists were predicting that figure...

5 years 3 weeks ago

Home sales likely rose again in October

Economists are expecting home resales for October will hit their highest level in more than two years as first time buyers scrambled to take advantage of what they believed was an expiring tax credit. Economists polled by Thomson Reuters say sales will show a 1.4 percent increase to a...

5 years 1 month ago

Fed wants to crack down on gift card abuses

The Federal Reserve is proposing new rules to protect consumers from unexpected costs or restrictions on gift cards. The changes would give consumers at least five years to use gift cards before they expire. Also, service or inactivity fees would be permitted only under certain conditions. Fees could be charged...

5 years 2 months ago

Is plasma starting to fade out

Plasma televisions, while still the finest made in the eyes of purists, are rapidly losing ground to LCD-based models, say analysts and industry observers. That's because Liquid Crystal Display TVs have plunged in price and innovated their way to near-parity with plasma in terms of image quality. "If you're...

5 years 3 months ago

Retail sales rise more than expected in August

Retail sales jumped in August, spurred by widespread gains beyond the increases of autos and gasoline that economists expected. The report is a sign that consumers may be less cautious about spending as the economy recovers. The Commerce Department says retail sales rose a seasonally adjusted 2.7 percent last month,...

5 years 3 months ago

Are consumers consuming?

Investors will get some insight Tuesday into how much consumers are spending when the Commerce Department reports on August retail sales. Jamie Cox, managing partner at Harris Financial Group, says Wall Street is intensely focused on whether people are "releasing some of those dollars they have been clinging so tightly...

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