Dec 12, 2013 — Officials say it's difficult to account for shifts caused by factors related to the holidays and separate them from the trends more closely linked to the economy's underlying strengths and weaknesses.
Jun 13, 2013 — There were fewer people applying for unemployment insurance last week. And in May, consumers spent more — particularly on cars.
Apr 12, 2013 — The good news: Inflation remains in check. The bad news: Consumers were less willing to spend last month.
Mar 13, 2013 — The 1.1 percent increase is a sign that despite higher payroll taxes and increases in the price of such things as gasoline, consumers are still willing to spend. And that's good news for the economy.
Jan 15, 2013 — Consumers were still in a spending mood in December, even as lawmakers battled over the budget. Meanwhile, wholesale prices fell slightly. Those are both good signs for the economy.
Sep 14, 2012 — The government reports consumer prices and retail sales increased during August, mostly due to more expensive gas prices.
Jul 16, 2012 — The news is among several recent indications that the economy is slowing. But, the pace is still better than a year ago.
Mar 13, 2012 — They were up 1.1 percent from January. Higher gas prices were one reason, but excluding gasoline sales were still up 0.8 percent.
Nov 28, 2011 — A good first weekend is welcome news. But after a deep recession and with unemployment still high, analysts want to wait and see.
Nov 15, 2011 — Meanwhile, wholesale prices dipped thanks to a sharp drop in energy costs.