WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) - Consumers perked up this month, continuing to shake off a hit to their confidence from the government shutdown, according to data released Friday morning.
This isn't a surprise. The retailer already told investors this move was likely in October. Investors seemed to like the news.
Ty Wright/Bloomberg. Shoppers at the Easton Towne Center in Columbus, Ohio. Consumer spending in the U.S. rose more than forecast in October, a sign the biggest part of the economy is gaining momentum from a firming employment.
Bet the person who has everything doesn't have a metal, rose-colored Starbucks card. Starbucks plans to fix that by offering a limited-edition card for the holidays -- for $450.
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