Consumer Spending up a Slight 0.5% as Virus Maintains Grip

WASHINGTON — U.S. consumers increased their spending by a sluggish 0.5% last month, the weakest rise since April, when the pandemic first erupted, and a sign that Americans remain wary with the virus resurging across the country and threatening the economy. ...
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US Consumer Spending Rose a Moderate 1.9% in July

WASHINGTON — U.S. consumers increased their spending by 1.9% last month, a dose of support for an economy struggling to emerge from the grip of a pandemic that has held back a recovery and kept roughly 27 milli...
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Ikea to Pay $46m in Boy’s Dresser Tipover Death, Lawyers Say

PHILADELPHIA — IKEA has agreed to pay $46 million to the parents of a 2-year-old boy who died of injuries suffered when a 70-pound recalled dresser tipped over onto him, the family’s lawyers said Monday. “While no settlement can alter the tragic events that...
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Millennial Money: 4 Must-Do’s if Your Order Arrives Damaged

NEW YORK — Nowadays, consumers shop online for just about everything. So you've likely experienced the stinging disappointment when a TV, piece of furniture or something else you ordered finally arrives on your doorstep — damaged. Here's what you should do ...
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7 Tips for Becoming an Ethical Shopper

Sustainability, labor conditions, politics and other issues prevalent in the news have left many consumers wondering how to be socially responsible. For some, this seems like an impossible task. "Trying to create a perfect world or be a perfect consumer is ...