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18 Oct 14 - Consumer News

US consumer confidence grows further
Consumers' collective view of the economy has been edging higher since the spring. In early October, falling gasoline prices and better labor statistics likely are offsetting more downbeat events, including the steep drop in stock prices, fears over ...

Fire Services Levy funds to be spent on consumer-focussed insurance initiatives
The projects are: providing an insurance law service delivering free telephone advice and casework assistance in Victoria and nationally; launching an insurance helpline targeting Indigenous consumers; and investigating the potential to establish a ...

Consumer demand for free-range eggs edges out cage eggs
Consumers are shelling out more for free-range, barn-laid and organic eggs, as cage eggs are being edged out of cafes and supermarkets, new analysis of Australia's egg industry shows.

Hard-Hit Consumer Stocks Offer Home Comforts
As stocks have fallen, those of companies that depend on the whims of consumers have predictably been among the hardest hit.

Consumer Confidence Unexpectedly Jumps In October
Consumer confidence came in at 86.4, beating expectations, according to the preliminary October report on consumer confidence from the University of Michigan.

Consumer confidence picks up
CONSUMERS are starting to feel a little more optimistic, but confidence remains down in the dumps. THE number of pessimists have outweighed the optimists for eight straight months now, according to the latest Westpac/Melbourne Institute consumer ...

Takeaway from a Japanese consumer
I was sent to Beirut on deputation as an officer of the Engineering Export Promotion Council under the Ministry of Commerce. This non-trading, non-profit advisory organisation functioning under the Department of Foreign Trade was established in order ...

Social Media War: Amul vs Angry Consumer
Social Media War: Amul vs Angry Consumer Usually on social media, the conversation between a brand and its customer is a predictable one: a customer complains about a certain product or service and the brand responds with an apology.

Sex and the slipping dollar
When the Westpac-Melbourne Institute survey of consumer sentiment asked a special question about a sharp fall in the exchange rate last year, there was a striking difference in the responses made by men and women.

Consumer confidence edges higher: ANZ
Weekly consumer confidence data shows a modest lift as households remained concerned about the economic outlook and an elevation in the household saving rate, according to ANZ-Roy Morgan data.

French consumer prices fall in September
Consumer prices in the eurozone's second-largest economy fell 0.4 per cent in September from August and were 0.3 per cent higher than in September last year.

Spanish consumer prices fall for third straight month
Spanish consumer prices fell at a slower pace in September than the previous month, while underlying inflation dipped into negative territory for the first time in more than four years.

Citi's consumer banking head plans to leave - WSJ
(Reuters) - Manuel Medina-Mora, head of Citigroup Inc's consumer banking and chairman of the company's troubled Mexico unit, is preparing to leave in the coming months, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people with knowledge of the situation.

Consumer watchdog to examine Wagyu beef labelling claims
The Australian Wagyu Association says a focus by the consumer watchdog on labelling claims for the beef breed could be a positive for the industry.

CHOICE announces the 2014 Shonky winners
The Amazon Kindle Paperwhite also received a Shonky Award for some creative accounting meant to convince consumers that one charge of the e-reader would provide eight weeks of battery life.

Which Restaurant Chains Really Have Healthy Food? Consumer Picks Vs. Reality
Watch TV, and you might think America's restaurant chains have solved the obesity crisis. Ad after ad touts some national chain's new, “healthy” meal options.

Consumer sentiment impacting Crown
Crown Resorts says general softness in consumer sentiment has impacted local trading in the first months of fiscal 2015, but despite this gaming revenue has posted a slight lift.

'No reason' not to ban commissions, consumer advocates say
There is no reason not to ban upfront commissions to financial advisers on life insurance products, consumer advocates say, in response to a damning report by the corporate watchdog.

Why Consumer Affairs were present at The Block Glasshouse auctions
Consumer Affairs' uniformed officers were on site at The Block Glasshouse auctions on Saturday, and it isn't the first time they've been visible at the sale of the reality TV show's finale.

The Gen-Y consumer tsunami
The largest consumer group in the world right now is a bunch of kids born between 1978 and 1995. Jewellery marketing expert JAN BRASSEM reports.

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