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UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 19, 2019

Nerf gun, Power Rangers claw cited by toy safety watchdog

A high-powered Nerf gun, ice cream-scented Nickelodeon slime and a plastic Power Rangers claw are among the toys on a consumer safety group’s annual list of worst toys for the …


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 27, 2019

U.S. consumer spending rises just 0.1% in August

American consumers boosted their spending by just 0.1% in August, the smallest gain in six months, even as their incomes rose at a solid pace.


U.S. consumers increase spending a modest 0.4% in May

WASHINGTON – 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 …


UPDATED: Fri., March 15, 2019

EPA bans consumer use of deadly paint stripper, in rare step

The Environmental Protection Agency is banning consumer sales of a deadly paint stripper after personal appeals by families of men killed by the product.


UPDATED: Thu., March 7, 2019

Consumer borrowing up in January with credit card rebound

U.S. consumer borrowing rose at a slightly faster pace in January as borrowing on credit cards rebounded after a slowdown in December.


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 17, 2018

U.S. consumer sentiment declines to lowest in almost a year

U.S. consumer sentiment unexpectedly fell to the lowest level in almost a year amid less favorable views on purchasing big-ticket items and persistent concerns about trade tensions, a University of …


UPDATED: Wed., April 11, 2018

Mulvaney insists consumer watchdog still doing its job

Mick Mulvaney tried Wednesday to reassure Democrats on a House finance panel that he’s committed to punishing unscrupulous financial companies, while agreeing with Republicans that the watchdog agency he runs …


Under Trump, a voice for the American consumer goes silent

In the 135 days since the Trump administration took control of the nation’s consumer watchdog agency, it has not recorded a single enforcement action against banks, credit card companies, debt …


U.S. consumer borrowing growth slows to $13.9 billion

American consumers increased their borrowing at a slower pace in January, as the category that covers credit cards recorded the smallest increase in three years.


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 13, 2017

DNA kits raise security concerns

As DNA tests proliferate, though, some experts worry that consumers may be getting a bad bargain. They say DNA data may fall into the wrong hands, betraying consumers and even …


Pfizer considers consumer business sale

Pfizer may be done selling ChapStick, Advil, Robitussin and other brands that people can buy without a prescription.


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 15, 2017

U.S. retail sales hit seven-month high in July

Consumers went out shopping in a big way in July, pushing up retail sales by the largest amount in seven months.


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 15, 2017

Uber settles with FTC over allegations it failed to protect customer data

Uber has agreed to settle accusations by America’s top consumer protection agency that the ride-hailing company failed to protect consumers’ sensitive data, a misstep that allegedly allowed employees to access …


UPDATED: Tue., July 25, 2017

Consumer confidence highest since 2001

Consumers’ views on current conditions hit the highest level since July 2001, while expectations for the future rebounded after a slight dip in June.


Cheaper gas, wireless plans keep U.S. inflation in check

WASHINGTON – Lower costs for gas, airline tickets, new and used cars and wireless mobile phone plans kept U.S. consumer prices flat in June, evidence that inflation remains muted. The …


China’s smaller cities fueling a $9.7 trillion consumer market

The lower-tier cities, as Morgan Stanley defines them, make up 59 percent of the nation’s nominal gross domestic product and 70 percent of total urban population by place of registration.


UPDATED: Tue., June 6, 2017

Trump’s America faces a $13 trillion consumer debt hangover

Americans faced with lackluster income growth have been financing more of their spending with debt instead. There are early signs that loan burdens are growing unsustainably large for borrowers with …


Senators push for detailed Wells Fargo investigation

Senate Democrats have written to Attorney General Loretta Lynch pressing the Justice Department to specifically investigate the actions of senior Wells Fargo officials in the recently revealed scandal about fake …


Printer cartridge makers come under fire

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – An ounce of filet mignon can cost you $1 at your grocery store, and the butcher won’t hesitate to quote you the price. But the cost …