retail

October 31, 2019

Halloween Spending to Reach $8.8 Billion

Consumer retail spending around Halloween is expected to be high but fall slightly short of last year’s total, according to the latest survey from the National […]
September 5, 2019

Back to School Spending 2019: By the Numbers

’Tis the (other) season.  As students start back to school and college, families are spending more than ever on school supplies.  “Consumers are in a strong […]
July 9, 2019

By the Numbers: Independence Day 2019

Another holiday… another budget buster!  Patriotism ran high this July 4th, as most Americans celebrated the 243rd anniversary of the adoption of the U.S. Declaration of Independence. Independence […]
June 19, 2019

Bank Card Issuers Prepare for Next Downturn

Recent comments by two large credit card issuers suggested that the card industry has moved into a new stage of preparation for the eventual end of […]
May 31, 2019

Consumer Confidence on the Rise

American optimism about the economy continued to recover in May, following a dip earlier this year, according to a monthly barometer of consumers’ mood.  The Conference Board […]
October 31, 2018

By the Numbers: Halloween 2018

Once again, Americans are looking forward to splurging on their favorite candy, costumes and decorations during the Halloween season. According to the National Retail Federation’s annual […]
September 14, 2018

What to Buy in September

Put big-ticket items on the list of things to buy in September. With the first cool winds of fall come sales on major consumer products as […]
August 3, 2018

What to Buy in August

August is all about back-to-school deals. Even frugal shoppers without school-age kids can find big discounts this month on items such as electronics and office supplies. […]
July 4, 2018

Fourth of July: By the Numbers

Americans are expected to spend $6.9 billion on food for Fourth of July cookouts and picnics tomorrow, according to the annual survey released by the National […]