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Bank of America settlement likely to benefit few

...bonds ? $7 billion of it geared for consumer relief ? offers a glint of hope for...address areas of neighborhood blight.But consumer advocates say few people will be helped...an independent monitor to review the consumer relief. This could take weeks and mean...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2014-08-21/bank-america-settlement-li
Chinese stocks grow amid economic slowdown

...attempting to reshape the economy. It wants to focus more on consumer spending by its middle class than on trade and investment...he prefers companies that focus more on selling to Chinese consumers, such as social media companies and food packagers. These...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2014-08-22/chinese-stocks-grow-amid-e
Bank of America reaches $17 billion settlement with U.S. over sale of securities

...earliest, said the bank will pay $10 billion in cash and provide consumer relief valued at $7 billion.The deal is the largest settlement...a mixture of hard cash and "credits" for various forms of consumer aid that the banks promised to provide.The Bank of America...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2014-08-20/bank-america-reaches-17-bi
Applications for U.S. unemployment benefits fall

...inflation since the recession ended more than five years ago.But more jobs mean more people getting paychecks, which could drive consumer spending and economic growth.The economy has shown other signs of improvement. The Commerce Department said Tuesday that...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2014-08-21/applications-us-unemployme
Latest Vogtle spending approved; plea for water conservation ignored

...commissioners also rejected a request from SACE, the only consumer watchdog organization that intervened in the construction...on equity would be a double-edged sword, with savings to consumers negated if Georgia Power's credit rating were negatively...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/latest-news/2014-08-20/latest-vogtle-spending-appro
US retail sales basically flat in July; recent job growth fails to boost consumer spending

...providing evidence that consumers have yet to shed their doubts...are closely watched because consumer spending accounts for 70 percent...unless incomes increase."Consumers just don't have the cash...weak sales in July mean that consumer spending is off to a slow...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2014-08-13/us-retail-sales-basically-
Students look for ways around high book prices

...Education Fund, college textbook costs have increased by 82 percent in the last decade and have caused 65 percent of student consumers to decide against buying a textbook.On average, college students will spend about $1,200 on books and supplies this...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/local-business/2014-08-18/students-lo
Bourbon production reaches high point since '70s

...1970s, distillers ended up with a glut when demand went in a tailspin.Back then, the industry had grown stale and many consumers switched allegiance to vodka, Scotch and other spirits."You had the same old brands, you were pretty much on autopilot...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2014-08-18/bourbon-production-reaches
Dollar General enters bidding for Family Dollar

...requests for comment. Family Dollar said its board would review the proposal.Dollar stores really came to the forefront of consumers' minds during the recession, as people across income groups searched for ways to save money. To attract a broader array...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2014-08-18/dollar-general-enters-bidd
US Postal Service loses $2 billion this spring despite uptick in revenue

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Postal Service lost $2 billion this spring despite increasing its volume and charging consumers more money to send mail, officials said Monday.The loss for the spring quarter, which ended June 30, was significantly...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2014-08-11/us-postal-service-loses-2-