Wal-Mart Stores Inc. internal e- mails revealing the worst sales start to a month in at least seven years may be the first sign U.S. consumer spending will cool as households try to cope with a payroll-tax increase and delayed refunds.
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. internal e- mails revealing the worst sales start to a month in at least seven years may be the first sign of a broader weakening in U.S. consumer spending as households grapple with the payroll-tax increase and delayed refunds.
Phil Lubov wore his favorite striped blue tie and brought a stack of resumes, aiming to land a holiday-season sales job to replace the retail position he lost in May. Part-time journalism teacher Gabe Walker said he arrived early, trying to boost his income.
A strengthening U.S. recovery means the depressing influence of the winter storms that disrupted travel from Chicago to New York over the past few days and blanketed much of the country in January will be temporary, economists said.
Rachael Wright had culinary training, a bachelor’s degree in nutrition and a dream of putting her education to work. After a couple of years waiting tables and trying to launch her career, Wright finally went where the jobs are: quick-service food.