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Personal Income Rises, But Buying Power Dwindles With Inflation

Personal income increased in January but the gains were eaten up by rising prices. Personal income rose 0.4%, exceeding a 0.3% expectation. Consumer spending figures also rose by 0.2% — but a sharp disappointment compared to the previous month’s 0.5% growth. With rising prices, however, the real value after inflation […]

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Housing Prices Cap Off 2016 With A High

Consumers cast a strong vote of confidence in the Trump administration as they pushed housing prices up with prospects of a growing economy. The Case Shiller National Home Price index, released on February 28, reported a 5.8 percent annual gain from November, faster than last month’s robust gain. Prices increased […]

Increase in January’s Durable Good Orders, Promising for 2017

The first durable good orders report for 2017 showed an overall increase, but the uptick is largely due to large commercial and military aircraft orders and increased consumer spending. Durable goods are products intended to last at least three years. Of these goods, ransportation and defense goods are the most […]

January Retail Sales Surpass Expectations

Trump’s presidency started on a good note with consumers as retail sales increased more than expected for January. A Commerce Department report on Wednesday showed retail sales in January were $472.1 billion, an increase of 0.04 percent over December. That went well above the 0.01 percent increased predicted by economists. […]

Consumer Prices Rise, Inflation Creeps Higher

An acceleration in consumer prices, for the month of January, could push the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates. The consumer price index, a scale of changes in prices and goods, showed a 0.6 percent increase from December to January, Bloomberg reports. This was the largest month-over-month increase since February […]

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Trade Deficit Narrows, Ending Widest Year Since 2012

The U.S. trade deficit narrowed slightly in December as exports outpaced imports, a welcome development for President Donald Trump as he sets out to shrink the gaps with America’s trading partners. The trade deficit for December was $44.3 billion. U.S. goods and services sold abroad in December surpassed imports by […]

The Cost of Minimum Wage in Home Care

For JoAnn Holmes, a 65-year-old home health aide with 30 years of experience, getting by on $10 an hour was always difficult. It got harder last year when her company cut her work back to three days a week. When she asked her employers for a reason, they said, “We […]

Restaurant prices soar in Seattle as $15 moves closer

When Tom Douglas first heard about the plans of raising the minimum wage in Seattle to $15 an hour, he knew what it would mean for his business: higher costs. And he knew what that would mean for his customers, too: higher prices. Douglas, a 57-year-old chef and restaurateur, owns […]