The 2014 fourth quarter US GDP report came in slightly lower than analysts had expected, but there was one piece of very exciting news. One of the brightest highlights of the report was a big and broad based jump in real personal consumption expenditures at a 4.6% annualized growth rate, the strongest level we've seen since 2006. Show More Summary
It’s no secret that payday loan storefronts often pop up in lower-income communities where consumers are more likely to need a quick infusion of cash to get to the next paycheck. A new report from the Howard University Center on Race and Wealth shines a light on the frequency with which the small-dollar, high-cost loans are opened in susceptible communities … [More]
Fact of the day: Some Americans might consume up to 2,400 calories on Super Bowl Sunday, Time magazine reports.
This week, Gartner issued a new report pointing to how the “rampant interest” in mobile payments among U.S. consumers will impact online shopping in the coming years. Looking at strong growth patterns in mobile commerce, Gartner predicts that by 2017, U.S. customers’ mobile engagement behavior will drive domestic mobile commerce revenue to 50 percent of […]
The White House's forthcoming online-privacy bill will would place restrictions on the handling of consumer data while giving more power to the Federal Trade Commission to enforce those restrictions, Politico reported. The current draft...Show More Summary
Many wealthy Chinese consumers chose to forego designer handbags or expensive liquor when choosing gifts in 2014, a new report indicates, instead opting for Apple's iPhone, iPad, or Mac computers.
The Internet of Things is a nebulous buzzword that refers to anything that connects to the internet. In an attempt to better define the government’s approach to the Internet of Things the Federal Trade Commission has released a report...Show More Summary
Shutterstock For most consumers, playing video games is a harmless leisurely past time, but for others it spirals out of control and becomes an addiction with very real offline consequences. In a new report in Vice, Cecilia D’Anastasio...Show More Summary
Our January Bespoke Consumer Pulse Report -- brought to you by Bespoke Market Intelligence -- is due out later this week. For those unfamiliar, our monthly Pulse report makes up the backbone of our Bespoke Consumer Pulse subscription offering. Show More Summary
I was at Ofcom Headquarters today for the launch of the latest “Consumer Experience Report”. Some of the headline messages are as follows: Household ownership of communications services remains broadly unchanged, but ownership of devices such as tablets and smartphones continues to rise. Take-up of tablet computers has continued to increase over the past year, […]
China-based e-commerce megasite Alibaba is catching heat in its home country following a government report that scolds the company for lax controls over the sale of bogus goods to consumers, along with allegations of bribery and using...Show More Summary
It’s long been the dream of some consumers that, instead of buying a package of programming that includes a whole lot they don’t want, more a la carte — and cost-efficient — solutions would become available. That’s backed up by a new Parks Associates video research study revealing that 17 percent of U.S. broadband households […]
The Federal Trade Commission on Tuesday released a detailed report urging businesses to take concrete steps to protect consumers’ privacy and security. The post FTC Warns of the Huge Security Risks in the Internet of Things appeared first on WIRED.
The most infamous review in the history of Consumer Reports car reviews came in 1969 when they covered the new to America Subaru 360. Their summation: Not Acceptable. Read more...
The market is freaking out over the slew of negative economic data this morning, but let's be real: that great consumer confidence report is the only one that actually matters. In January, The Conference Board's consumer confidence index surged to 102.9 from 93.1 a month ago, way above expectations for a reading of 95.5. Show More Summary
Federal regulators are taking a closer look at the Internet of Things — that growing body of consumer products and marketing jargon dealing with devices and sensors that talk to each other over the Web. In a report out Tuesday, the Federal Trade Commission says that while there's not need yet for Congress to write […]
After a huge miss in Durable Goods Orders and a so-so S&P/Case-Shiller Home Prices report this morning, there were big beats in Consumer Confidence and New Home Sales. After all the excitement, stocks have been getting hit hard (theShow More Summary
NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. consumer confidence strengthened to its highest level in more than seven years in January on growing optimism about the jobs market and the overall economy, according to a private sector report released on Tuesday. Show More Summary
Report offers recommendations for startups, brands and retailers as they look to create best-in-class mobile commerce experiences that sync with the reality of today's consumer lifestyles.