Consumer

Economics

U.S. Economy Sees Best Performance in Two Years

Strong consumer spending has fueled the boost.
Consumer

Breaking Down the Consumer Buying Process (Infographic)

There's a well documented process consumers go through when buying and it's formed around six stages.
Market Research

Before Falling in Love With Your Great Idea, Find Out If Anybody Wants It

A remarkably large percentage of entrepreneurs do far too little market research before launching their product.
Customer Experience

The Tech Surge That's Putting Consumers in the Forefront

Why the shift from producers to customers is changing everything.
Economy & Small Business

Why California's Plastic Bag Ban Might Backfire

A look at the consequences for businesses and shoppers.
Innovation

The 25 Most Innovative Consumer and Retail Brands

Investment marketplace CircleUp picks companies that are pioneering new categories and re-imagining new industries.
Innovation

Who Are the 25 Most Innovative Consumer Companies?

Investor crowdfunding site CircleUp seeks nominations for its list by July.
Competition

Up Your 'David' Status Without Taking on a 'Goliath'

President of headphones company co-founded by 50 Cent on thinking creatively to gain market share in a field dominated by a big brand.
Marketing

The Top 10 Consumer Complaints

A new survey by the Consumer Federation of America lists auto sales, home repairs and debt disputes among the top consumer gripes.
Finance

Rising Gas Prices Fuel a Jump in U.S. Consumer Costs

Gasoline prices in June rose by their highest rate in four months, fueling an overall rise in U.S. consumer prices.
Finance

U.S. Consumer Getting Stronger, Loan Delinquencies Continue to Fall

U.S. consumers continued to pay down debt in the first quarter of 2013 as household wealth rose above its pre-recession peak.
Growth Strategies

Small-Business Owners: Working Harder, But Optimistic

More than seven in 10 small-business owners say they expect to generate more revenue in 2013 than they did last year.
Entrepreneurs

Bargain Hunting: 7 to Follow

Check out these Twitter feeds for daily discounts and frugal living tips.
Starting a Business

How to Find Beta Testers

Before you launch a new product or service, enlist some early users to take your vision out for a test drive.
Finance

More Small Businesses Plan to Push Up Prices in 2012

Many want to offset higher operating costs, but cost-conscious consumers may balk at the increases.