Consumer spending

FILE - In this July 11, 2019, file photo Weber grills are displayed at the Home Depot store in Londonderry, N.H. The Home Depot Inc. on Tuesday, Aug. 20, reported fiscal second-quarter net income of $3.48 billion. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)
August 20, 2019 - 4:37 pm
Americans continue to shop, vacation and buy cars at a brisk clip. But corporate America is starting to worry out loud that President Donald Trump's tariffs will depress consumer spending and undermine the economy. Home Depot, the nation's largest home improvement chain, said as much on Tuesday,...
Read More
File - In this Tuesday, March 5, 2019, file photo, an employee in protective clothing works with a steel pouring ladle during a guided media tour at the steel producer Salzgitter AG in Salzgitter. The German economy shrank by 0.1 percent in the second quarter from the previous quarter as global trade conflicts and troubles in the auto industry weighed on Europe's largest economy. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
August 15, 2019 - 8:06 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — How fragile is the global economy? The U.S.-China trade war is weakening businesses in both countries, Germany's economy shrank in the second quarter, and Britain appears headed for a disruptive exit from the European Union this fall. Those trends have hammered American...
Read More
FILE - In this July 28, 2019, file photo unsold 2019 Lincoln Navigators sit at a dealership in Englewood, Colo. On Thursday, Aug. 15, the Commerce Department releases U.S. retail sales data for July. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)
August 15, 2019 - 10:41 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans spent more at retail stores and restaurants in July, a sign that concerns over weakening economic growth and a persistent trade war that have roiled financial markets have yet to dampen consumer confidence. Retail sales rose a healthy 0.7% last month after a 0.3% gain in...
Read More
Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell speaks during a news conference following a two-day Federal Open Market Committee meeting in Washington, Wednesday, July 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
August 01, 2019 - 12:56 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve cut its key interest rate Wednesday for the first time in a decade to try to counter the impact of President Donald Trump's trade wars, stubbornly low inflation and global weakness. It left open the possibility of future rate cuts, but perhaps not as many as...
Read More
Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell speaks during a news conference following a two-day Federal Open Market Committee meeting in Washington, Wednesday, July 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
July 31, 2019 - 3:11 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve cut its key interest rate Wednesday for the first time in a decade to try to counter threats ranging from uncertainties caused by President Donald Trump's trade wars to chronically low inflation and a dim global outlook. The Fed also repeated a pledge to "act...
Read More
FILE - In this July 10, 2019, file photo shoppers visit the downtown Target Store in Minneapolis. On Tuesday, July 30, the government reports on the pace of consumer spending in June. (AP Photo/Jim Mone, File)
July 30, 2019 - 8:34 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Consumer spending rose a healthy 0.3% in June, slightly below the strong gains of the past three months, while incomes turned in a solid 0.4% gain for the fourth straight month. The Commerce Department said Tuesday that the spending increase followed strong gains of 1% in March, 0...
Read More
In this Wednesday, July 24, 2019 photo, the container ship Seaboard Atlantic is shown docked at PortMiami in Miami. The government says the U.S. economy grew more slowly in 2018 than it previously estimated, downgrading its estimate from 3% to 2.5%. President Donald Trump had frequently boasted of the 3% growth figure as evidence that his policies invigorated the economy. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
July 26, 2019 - 5:55 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy slowed sharply in the April-June quarter even as consumers stepped up their spending. The gross domestic product, the economy's total output of goods and services, grew at a 2.1% annual rate last quarter, down from a 3.1% gain in the first quarter, the Commerce...
Read More
This photo Feb. 20, 2019, photo shows logos for credit cards in Zelienople, Pa. On Monday, July 8, the Federal Reserve releases its May report on consumer borrowing. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
July 08, 2019 - 3:13 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumers borrowed more on their credit cards in May and also took out more student and auto loans, a modest sign of economic health. The Federal Reserve says that consumer borrowing increased 5% that month, just below April's 5.2% rise. Total outstanding consumer debt, which...
Read More
FILE - In this May 7, 2019, file photo a clerk restocks items in a newly-opened Amazon Go store in New York. On Friday, June 28, the Commerce Department issues its May report on consumer spending, which accounts for roughly 70 percent of U.S. economic activity. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
June 28, 2019 - 9:43 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Consumer spending increased 0.4% in May, a modest gain that suggests Americans remain confident enough about the economy's outlook to keep shopping. The Commerce Department said Friday that incomes rose 0.5% and inflation remained tame, increasing just 1.5% in the past year. Still...
Read More
FILE - In this June 19, 2019, file photo cargo containers are stacked on a ship at the Port of Los Angeles in Los Angeles. On Thursday, June 27, the Commerce Department issues the third and final estimate of how the U.S. economy performed in the January-March quarter. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)
June 27, 2019 - 9:36 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy grew at a healthy 3.1% rate in the first three months of this year, but signs are mounting that growth has slowed sharply in the current quarter amid slower global growth and a confidence-shaking trade battle between the United States and China. The gain in the...
Read More

Pages