The Positive News in May's Durable Goods Report

Although durable goods order fell 1.1% in May -- its first decline in six months -- the key ex-transportation component rose 0.9%, confirming an ongoing expansion in the nation's manufacturing sector.

Retail Sales Drop, but Mostly Due to a Calendar Quirk

May's retail sales figures seem to show U.S. consumers are losing their drive to shop, but some of the weakness can be blamed on a quirk in the calendar. A closer look shows consumers are actually becoming more willing to pony up at the cash register again.

Staycation sales get silly

Staycation has become the marketing buzzword of the season. I've been guilty of using it in writing myself, but last night I was watching TV and a...

Bargain time for antique furniture

If you've been waiting for the market for Victorian furniture to weaken, now is your time to pounce. Antique prices are finally falling, reports the...