April 29, 2014

Consumer confidence rose significantly in the first quarter of 2014, according to a MarketPulse survey from IRI. All age groups are reporting a more positive outlook — especially Millennials.

October 22, 2013

I’ve tapped Dave Cheatham from Phoenix-based Velocity Retail Group, an X Team International Partner, to help me examine the recent ups and downs of the local retail market in Arizona — and what the lessons learned here mean for brick and mortar retailers nationwide.

November 27, 2012

By Phillip M. Perry

Overcast with clearing skies — That’s the economic forecast from a major research firm as retailers enter a new year. Drizzly conditions will remain at least for the first half of 2013 as consumers hold tight to their pocketbooks. By the summer, though, light should break through the clouds as the resolutions of critical national uncertainties encourage corporate hiring, capital investment and consumer spending.

May 16, 2012

This might not come as a huge surprise, but “irrational exuberance” is unlikely to be on prominent display.

March 1, 2012

The Kronos Retail Labor Index released by the company showed that retail hiring is on the rise, even as fewer people seek jobs in the retail sector.

October 24, 2011

With gloomy consumer sentiment surveys reflecting dysfunction in both Wall Street and Washington, stagnant GDP growth, stubborn 9% unemployment and the ongoing housing slump, most experts are calling for a conservative holiday season.

April 11, 2011

Despite showing no signs of spending less in recent months, a new Deloitte survey found that nearly three-quarters (74%) of Americans believe higher prices could slow their spending in the months ahead.

March 23, 2011

Almost 80% of respondents in a national survey of moms’ shopping habits said that the recession has permanently altered their shopping habits, inducing overall cuts in spending by purchasing items on sale and using coupons.

January 31, 2011

U.S. consumer spending rose more than expected in December as Americans spent at the fastest pace in three years. The Commerce Department reported that spending rose 0.7% in December, the sixth straight monthly increase.

November 30, 2010

A report released Tuesday by Intuit Inc. found that small business employment continued to show growth in November, although wages were down and hours worked remained flat.

October 31, 2010

Fifteen years ago, the news coming out of the Northeastern United States wasn’t good....

October 21, 2010

Predicting consumer behavior is always risky, particularly in today’s uncertain economic climate.

September 13, 2010

The Consumer Reports Index for September, released on Tuesday, suggested that while consumer difficulties may...

August 29, 2010

A report released Monday by the Commerce Department found that consumer spending inched up 0.4%...

October 18, 2009

A new survey by PriceGrabber.com, a division of Experian, has found that new holiday shopping...

November 19, 2007

Delray Beach, Fla., ...