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Consumers Are Finding Cash for 'Small Luxuries'

As the economy improves, Americans have begun splurging again. But they're limiting their indulgences to haircuts, casual dining and coffee, while continuing to forego many bigger expenditures, like vacations and dining at expensive restaurants.

Sharper Image: Recession canary?

One of my favorite metaphors is the mine canary, the little songbirds that traditionally traveled with miners on their trips into the earth. The...