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5 wild consumer conspiracy theories, debunked

From killer microwave ovens to banned 300-mpg cars, here's the truth behind some more popular urban myths

Poverty Is Profitable: 1 out of 3 US Consumers in Debt Collection

A new report by the Urban Institute and Encore Capital Group's Consumer Credit Research Institute shows 77 million Americans -- 35 percent of those with files at a major credit bureau -- have a debt in collection. Nevada has the worst record, with 47 percent of consumers with a credit file showing a debt in collections. Show More Summary

Poverty is Profitable: 1 out of 3 U.S. Consumers in Debt Collection Status

A new report by the Urban Institute and Encore Capital Group’s Consumer Credit Research Institute shows 77 million Americans– 35 percent of those with files at a major credit bureau– have a debt in collection. Nevada has the worst record, with 47 percent of consumers with a credit file showing a debt in collections. In [...]

A third of consumers with credit files had debts in collections last year

About 77 million Americans have a debt in collections,  a new report finds. That amounts to 35 percent of consumers with credit files or data reported to a major credit bureau, according to the study released Tuesday by the Urban Institute and Encore Capital Group's Consumer Credit Research Institute. "It’s a stunning number," said Caroline Ratcliffe, senior fellow […]

A Long-Term Look at Inflation

The July Consumer Price Index for Urban Consumers (CPI-U) released this morning puts the June year-over-year inflation rate at 2.07%, fractionally off last month's 2.13% 19-month high...

A Long-Term Look At Inflation

By Doug Short: The July Consumer Price Index for Urban Consumers (CPI-U) released this morning puts the June year-over-year inflation rate at 2.07%, fractionally off last month's 2.13% 19-month high, but well below the 3.88% average since the end of the Second World War and 13% below its 10-year moving average. Show More Summary

First Look at 2015 Cost-Of-Living Adjustments and Maximum Contribution Base

The BLS reported this morning:The Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W) increased 2.0 percent over the last 12 months to an index level of 234.702 (1982-84=100). For the month, the index rose 0.2 percent prior to seasonal adjustment.CPI-W is the index that is used to calculate the Cost-Of-Living Adjustments (COLA). Show More Summary

CPI increases 0.3% in June, Core CPI 0.1%

From the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS): Consumer Price Index - June 2014The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) increased 0.3 percent in June on a seasonally adjusted basis, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Show More Summary

Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers up 0.4% Over Month, 2.1% Up Y/Y

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics has recently released the data for the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U). The CPI-U, went up by a monthly 0.4% in May on a seasonally adjusted basis. Over the last year, before seasonal adjustment, the index appreciated by 2.1%. Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics The […]

Urban Remedy Raises $5M to Send Organic Juices, Snacks by Snail Mail

An organic food and juice brand endorsed by supermodel Cindy Crawford raises $5 million to deliver healthy snacks, meals and drinks direct to consumers.

Urban Cricket Farms Are Bringing Insect Snacks To The Market

A new line of low-fat, protein-packed snacks are changing the way we consume food.

Urban Outfitters - A Decent Sell-Off Creates A Long-Term Investment Opportunity

By The Value Investor: Investors in Urban Outfitters (URBN) were not pleased with the company's first quarter results. The namesake brand showed a very poor performance as consumers were not attracted to the latest fashion lines. The...Show More Summary

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Urban Outfitters’ Earnings Preview: Improved Consumer Spending, Strong Anthropologie & Free People Brands Will Drive Growth

Urban Outfitters is one of the few apparel retailers in the U.S., who performed very well last year despite the edgy retail environment. With its strong brands and a preppy product range, the retailer was able to drive sufficient store traffic even when U.S. Show More Summary

Food Prices Soar; CPI Posts Biggest Gain in 10 Months; Real Average Earnings Decline

The BLS released CPI for April this morning. Data shows prices ticking higher with food up substantially for the third month. The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) increased 0.3 percent in April on a seasonally adjusted basis, the U.S. Show More Summary

Weekly Initial Unemployment Claims decrease to 297,000, CPI increases 0.3%

From the BLS on CPI:The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) increased 0.3 percent in April on a seasonally adjusted basis, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today.....The index for all items less food and energy rose 0.2 percent in April... Show More Summary

What’s The Outlook For Urban Outfitters In Its Biggest European Markets?

Although Germany's apparel sales growth has been slow, it still remains one of the largest markets in Europe with annual sales of more than $75 billion. Moreover, with rising consumer interest in high-end clothing, we expect the market to register some value growth going forward.

Nicole Kidman And Keith Urban Face Divorce Rumors, She Is Reportedly Jealous Of His Career

Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban are facing divorce rumors amid reports that Nicole’s role as Grace Kelly consumed her and left her jealous of Keith’s booming career. Kidman landed the much-coveted role in Grace of Monaco, which is set to debut at next week’s Cannes Film Festival, but reports say that producer Harvey Weinstein is

A Long-Term Look At Inflation

By Doug Short: The April Consumer Price Index for Urban Consumers (CPI-U) released yesterday morning puts the March year-over-year inflation rate at 1.51%, which is well below the 3.88% average since the end of the Second World War and 37% below its 10-year moving average. Show More Summary

NY Fed: Empire State Manufacturing Survey indicates "business activity was flat" in April

Note: The BLS reported: The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) increased 0.2 percent in March on a seasonally adjusted basis, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Over the last 12 months, the all items...Show More Summary

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