Gold Demand Falls To Two-year Low; India, China Weigh

The demand for gold fell to its lowest level in two years in the second quarter of 2012, as the price rise along with the economic slowdown has deterred major consumers, India and China, from buying the yellow metal, the World Gold Council said Thursday.

Tri-State fights new pollution regulations

Durangos wholesale electric supplier went to court Friday to challenge new federal limits on air pollution, which it says could contribute to rate increases for consumers in 2013.

US consumers shed debt but desire to spend is seen

WASHINGTON : US households continued to slowly pare debt in the third quarter and showed a glimmer of interest in ramping up spending, a sign the economy is crawling back toward normalcy after a wrenching downturn.

CONSUMER REPORTS: Americans warming again to credit-card companies

Things are looking rosier for credit-card holders. Consumers are paying down balances and facing fewer punitive actions by credit-card companies, such as higher rates, late-payment fees and canceled cards, according to a nationwide survey by the Consumer Reports National Research Center.

Rebound or Bust: New Numbers Show Americans Spending More, But Saving Less

In September, consumers spent more but made less than expected. As a result, the national savings rate dropped to 3.6%, which is the lowest level it has been since the beginning of the recession. And that has some people nervous.

Incomes fall for first time in nearly two years

With less income, many consumers are tapping their savings to cover steeper costs. In August, the savings rate fell to its lowest level since December 2009. The data offer “more evidence that households are in quite a bind,” said Paul Dales, senior U.S. economist at Capital Economics.

Chuck Jaffe: Mortgage rates at record lows, but no re-fi boom

Despite record-low mortgage interest rates, refinancing activity has been slow and experts believe consumers seem to be ignoring rate drops because they don’t feel like they’ll qualify for good deals.

Consumer confidence crumbles to two-year low in August

NEW YORK: Confidence among consumers plunged in August to its lowest in more than two years following the country’s loss of its top credit rating and heart-wrenching drops in major stock indexes. (2 mins ago)

Global Warming Cools off as a Top Concern

Concern about climate change/global warming among online consumers around the world took a back-seat to other environmental issues such as air and water pollution, water shortages, packaging waste and use of pesticides, according to Nielsen’s 2011 Global Online Environment & Sustainability Survey of more than 25,000 Internet respondents in 51 countries. (7 mins ago)

Budget, rate rise spook consumers

Worries about rising interest rates and the budget have caused consumer sentiment to fall in May. (31 mins ago)