Auto sales, home prices help buoy weak economy
The U.S. economy is looking more resilient, thanks in part to encouraging signs for the two most expensive purchases most Americans make: Cars and homes.
The top 15 Toys R Us "hot toys"
It's still technically summer, but for some it's not too soon to think about what the kiddies will want for the holidays.
Toys R Us has come out with its annual "hot toy" list that includes tablets for kids, fashion dolls in the likeness of boy-band sensation One Direction, and even retro hits like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Furby.
Encouraging reports on housing market lift stocks
U.S. stocks rose Wednesday morning after a pair of encouraging reports about the housing market.
Super-commuters: How far would you travel for a paycheck?
A growing number of workers are now traveling long distances every day to earn a dollar, and we're not talking about commuting just an hour or so. A report conducted by the NYU Wagner Rudin Center showed that Manhattan had the highest number of extreme commuters in the country.
Pennsylvania's online shoppers soon will have to pay sales tax
Tax-free online purchases will be curtailed in Pennsylvania starting next month, but activists pushing for a federal law say much more needs to be done to address the issue of tax-free Internet shopping, and the millions in sales tax that states are missing out on.
Increase in retail spending lifts hopes
American shoppers increased their retail spending in July by the most in five months, opening their wallets after a frugal spring and offering hope that the slumping economy may rebound in the second half of the year.
5 myths about the middle class
Both President Obama and Mitt Romney say they'll support it. Many Americans say they're in it. And virtually everyone says something must be done to help it. It's the American middle class, and it's the biggest talking point of the 2012 election — and one of the most misunderstood.
Midwestern states skew national gas price average
Gasoline prices are headed up again, but maybe not as much as the statistics seem to suggest. Surging pump prices in five Midwestern states may be distorting the picture.
Best Buy founder offers to buy company, take it private
Best Buy's co-founder is looking to make a buy of his own, offering to take the electronics seller private only months after leaving as the company's chairman.
Gas industry advertising shifts toward issues
Black-and-white images show steelworkers inside a mill. They walk outside and hand a short section of pipe to a natural gas crew, shown in full color.
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