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The election impact: How consumers are reacting

While shoppers traditionally pull back ahead of Election Day, they also usually return to the stores once ballots are cast and the campaign is over. (File photo)

  Americans have been anxious about the contentious presidential election, and when they get fretful, they tend to stop shopping. While government reports show overall spending has held up, some analysts say they’re seeing signs that shoppers are being cautious. ...

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Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger worries consumers

This file photo shows the Comcast logo on one of the company’s vehicles, in Pittsburgh. Comcast has agreed to buy Time Warner Cable for $45.2 billion in stock, or $158.82 per share, in a deal that would combine the top two cable TV companies in the nation. AP Images

LOS ANGELES — Cable subscribers don’t give Comcast and Time Warner Cable good grades when it comes to customer satisfaction. So after Comcast announced its $45 billion purchase of Time Warner Cable Thursday, it didn’t take long for consumers to ...

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Consumers alerted to tax scams

Consumers are being warned to be aware of telephone and email scams throughout the state with people claiming to be from the Internal Revenue Service or the state Department of Taxation and Finance. The scams are being conducted primarily over ...

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Senators look at antitrust enforcement

Preserving competition is in the best interest of consumers, senators agree, but they question how antitrust laws are enforced. “Vigilant antitrust enforcement means more money in the pockets of American consumers,” said Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., chair of the Judiciary ...

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Consumers lose confidence as ‘cliff’ nears

WASHINGTON — U.S. consumers peering over the “fiscal cliff” don’t like what they see. Fears of sharp tax increases and government spending cuts set to take effect next week sent consumer confidence tumbling in December to its lowest level since ...

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Consumers hit retail stores to give economy boost

WASHINGTON — Consumers are giving a modest lift to the economy. They spent more on autos, electronics and building supplies in October to boost retail sales for the fifth straight month. The gains provide an encouraging start for the October-December ...

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Fed-up consumers planning for ‘Bank Transfer Day’

NEW YORK — It’s moving day for bank customers. A grassroots movement that sprang to life last month is urging bank customers to close their accounts in favor of credit unions by Saturday. The spirit behind “Bank Transfer Day” caught ...

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Poll: Most consumers short on emergency savings

CHICAGO — Even after the jolt of the Great Recession, a new study finds that most Americans are not financially prepared for an emergency. A survey released Monday by financial data publisher Bankrate.com found that only 24 percent of consumers ...

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Credit Card Act helping to educate consumers

In 2007, the public interest and policy problem solving organization, Pew Charitable Trusts, began its Safe Credit Card Project to help level the credit card playing field. “Originally, our idea was to find an industrywide solution,” Pew senior communications officer Kip Patrick said.

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