The Conference Board’s January survey of consumer confidence came in at 125.4, beating December’s number and outperforming predictions of economic forecasters.

Big gates swing on little hinges. This little store in Seattle could be just such a hinge, threatening to transform shopping experiences everywhere.

Economists expected 250,000 new jobless claims to be filed during the week ending January 13, but claims fell to a 45-year low of 220,000. Any number below 300,000 in an economy as large as the United States’ reflects a healthy economy.

The world’s largest retailer, Walmart, announced on Thursday that it was voluntarily raising its minimum wage for new workers to $11 an hour starting next month.

The market may be telling us about the ouctome of the mid-term elections as well.

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