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Job Trends: Best Prospects by City & Metro Market

If you’re looking for a job or stronger sales, the best prospects among the largest U.S. metro markets include Dallas, based on job trends. Chicago rates among the weakest prospects. That’s the big-picture takeaway from the latest jobs data through September…


Household Confidence is Holding Up

The two main measures of household confidence remain on a flat trend since the start of the year, suggesting that household spending will remain near its recent modest pace. That’s the big-picture takeaway from the latest data through October for consumer…


Price Trends: Winners & Losers, Opportunities & Threats

The headlines say price inflation is tame, but how are prices really affecting you? Differences by category—think health care, rent, clothing, and eggs—are contributing to workplace winners and losers and creating opportunities and threats to household spending. That’s the big-picture takeaway…


Retail Spending Keeping to a Modest-to-Weak Pace

Households are sustaining a modest-to-weak pace overall in retail sales, but there are pockets of stronger spending at home-related and online retailers. The weak spending remains focused at electronics stores and big-box mass retailers. New weakness is emerging at grocery stores, as…


Expect Holiday 2015 Spending to be Deceptively Weak

The holiday will be “deceptively” weak because households continue to spend at a healthy place in many non-retail categories and online. The spending weakness, however, will remain focused in the traditional retail measures that get inordinate attention during the holidays. See…