Why U.S. Economic Growth Has Disappointed This Year

Christopher S. Rugaber, ASSOCIATED PRESS   WASHINGTON (AP) — Like an underachieving student, the U.S. economy isn’t living up to the high hopes it began the year with. Consumers have been uncharacteristically frugal, even as the country added jobs and a sharp drop in gas Read More

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The Christmas Creep

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist Did you notice that some stores are already touting Christmas sales?  They are encouraging people to start buying for Christmas now.  We’ve been experiencing this “Christmas creep” for years. Some of us are reluctant to call it “Christmas Creep” because Read More


The Way We Were in 2012

By Cheryl Pearson-McNeil NNPA Columnist   Our brand new year is in full swing – full of promise and new beginnings.  Even as we move forward with shining, new resolve, it’s always fun to look back at our consumer behaviors and trends over the previous Read More