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2009-10-13 09:12:00

Consumers Show Little Interest in Buying Early For Upcoming Holiday Shopping Season YONKERS, N.Y., Oct. 13 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Despite talk that the economy is stabilizing, consumer sentiment levels remain low (40.3), growing slightly from September, as Americans report more financial difficulties, according to the latest Consumer Reports Index Report. The Consumer Reports Trouble Tracker Index is a calculated score that focuses on both the proportion of consumers that have...

2009-09-29 13:06:19

The S&P/Case-Shiller price index said U.S. home prices in 18 of 20 cities monitored increased in July over June. Prices declined only in Seattle, down 0.1 percent, and Las Vegas, down 1.1 percent. In the 20-City composite, prices rose 1.6 percent in the month. On an annual basis, prices fell in the 10-City and 20-City composite indexes 12.8 percent and 13.3 percent, respectively, the monthly report said. Although in negative numbers, the annual rate of decline has shown improvement in...

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2009-09-17 10:20:00

Falling commodity prices have coincided with dropping prices in grocery stores, data released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates. On the Chicago Board of Trade, corn prices are down 56 percent from their peak in July 2008, The Washington Post reported Thursday. Meanwhile, in grocery stores, where price changes tend to lag from changes on commodity exchanges, the grocery consumer price index is down 2.5 percent from its November peak, the bureau said. In 12 months, the consumer...

2009-09-17 07:11:26

Canadian consumer prices fell 0.8 percent on an annual basis in August, led largely by a 21.2 percent decline in gas prices, Statistics Canada said Thursday. The August Consumer Price Index decline followed a 0.9 percent dip in July. Excluding energy, the Consumer Price Index rose 1.4 percent between August 2008 and August 2009, StatsCan said. Three of the eight major components reported price declines: transportation, shelter, and clothing and footwear. Among the elements that rose were...

2009-09-15 11:19:17

The Producer Price Index for finished goods in the United States rose 1.7 percent in August, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Tuesday. The price advancement follows a 0.9 percent decline in July. In June, prices rose 1.8 percent. The index has swung up and down. Through August, prices rose in five months of 2009 and fell in three. In August, core prices, which exclude energy and food items, rose 0.2 percent after falling 0.1 percent in July. Energy prices in August rose 8 percent,...

2009-09-08 09:00:00

NEW YORK, Sept. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- The Conference Board Employment Trends Index (ETI)(TM) dropped 0.1 percent from the revised July number. The index now stands at 88.1 and is down 18.5 percent from a year ago. "The flatness of the Employment Trends Index in recent months suggests that we won't see job growth until the end of the year," said Gad Levanon, Senior Economist at The Conference Board. "The fact that the index cannot get off the ground is another sign of a weak recovery, perhaps...

2009-09-08 08:15:00

Retail Index Remains Stable; Consumers Show more interest in Home and Car Shopping YONKERS, N.Y., Sept. 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Americans feel far worse about their financial situation than they have in the past seven months and continue to be pounded by financial woes driven by increased credit card, healthcare and personal loan issues, according to the Consumer Reports Index September '09 Report. The Consumer Reports Sentiment Index is at the lowest level (38.1) the organization...

2009-09-02 08:04:00

WASHINGTON, Sept. 2 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Millions of seniors will receive smaller Social Security checks next year, and none of the 37 million seniors who receive Social Security will get an increase, according to an August forecast from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO). The CBO is also forecasting a zero COLA for 2011. In June, The Senior Citizens League (TSCL) became the first national group to call for an Emergency COLA for 2010. Since then, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT)...

2009-08-25 12:22:05

The monthly U.S. Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index, which had retreated in July, rebounded in August, researchers said. In a release Tuesday, the Conference Board Consumer Research Center said the Index stood at 54.1 (with 1985 levels equaling 100), up from 47.4 in July, while the Present Situation Index increased slightly to 24.9 from 23.3 last month. The researchers said the Expectations Index improved to 73.5 from 63.4 in July. Consumer confidence, which had posted back-to-back...

2009-07-17 07:07:14

Canada posted its first deflation in June since November 1994 as consumer prices fell 0.3 percent on an annual basis, Statistics Canada reported Friday. The decline in the Consumer Price Index was attributed to an annual decline of 19 percent in energy products, led by gasoline prices in the transportation sector, which were down 24.3 percent during the past 12 months, the agency said. Excluding energy, the CPI rose 2.1 percent in June. On a monthly basis, the index rose 0.3 percent from May...