Dan Ariely says go ahead, buy that new ski jacket on Black Friday. As a behavioral economist at Duke University, he's studied how people can successfully indulge one day, and then resume normal spending practices for the rest of the…
By Kristen Doerer
Retail sales increased in February, despite major snowstorms in the eastern United States and consistently high unemployment. Judy Woodruff talks to an economist about whether recovery could soon follow.
In his new book, "Scroogenomics: Why You Shouldn't Buy Presents for the Holidays," economist Joel Waldfogel argues that giving unwanted presents is not just bad for those who receive them, it's bad for the economy as well.
Retail sales for September fell by the largest amount this year, though most of the drop is attributed to cars sales plummeting at the end of the government's popular 'cash for clunkers' program.
By Dave Gustafson
President Obama traveled to Pennsylvania and Ohio on Tuesday to tout his administration's economic policies. Separately, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said the recession is "likely over," but that a drop in the jobless rate is in all likelihood still…
Sales at U.S. retailers sank in July for the first time in three months despite the government's popular 'cash for clunkers' incentive program, indicating that the American economy faces a bumpy recovery from its worst recession since World War II.
In other news, Pakistani forces pummeled key Taliban bases near the Afghanistan border, and a double suicide bombing in Iraq killed at least 21 people.
By PBS NewsHour
Fewer Americans filed claims for unemployment benefits last week and retail sales grew in May for the first time in three months, raising expectations that the recession could be abating.
By Admin, PBS NewsHour
Government reports show the number of new jobless benefit claims dropped to a seasonally adjusted 623,000, from 631,000 the previous week, while U.S. retail sales jumped 1 percent in January, reversing a six-month downward trend.
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