Discretionary spending

People enter New York City Health Hospitals Gouverneur Health building, Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019, in New York. Mayor Bill de Blasio says New York City will spend up to $100 million per year to expand health care coverage to people without health insurance including immigrants in the U.S. illegally. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
January 08, 2019 - 4:43 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — New York City will spend up to $100 million per year to expand health care coverage to people without health insurance, including immigrants who are in the U.S. illegally, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Tuesday. The plan involves expanding the city's existing public insurance...
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December 04, 2018 - 11:25 am
KENNETT SQUARE, Pa. (AP) — A Secret Santa made the holiday season a little brighter for hundreds of shoppers near Philadelphia after paying off nearly $30,000 worth of layaways at a Walmart. Andy Rumford, of Kennett Square, tells The Daily Local he was shocked when he went to make a payment at the...
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Shopping bags are stuffed into a car at Prime outlets in Lee, Mass., on Black Friday, Nov. 23, 2018. (Ben Garver/The Berkshire Eagle via AP)
November 27, 2018 - 4:23 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The holiday shopping season has gotten off to a "very strong" start, according to the largest U.S. retail trade group. The National Retail Federation said Tuesday that consumer spending has been strong, fueled by a better economy and stores' investments in online services including...
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People wait in line to buy televisions as they shop during an early Black Friday sale at a Best Buy store on Thanksgiving Day Thursday, Nov. 22, 2018, in Overland Park, Kan. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
November 24, 2018 - 6:39 am
NEW YORK (AP) — It would have been easy to turn on their computers at home over plates of leftover turkey and take advantage of the Black Friday deals most retailers now offer online. But across the country, thousands of shoppers flocked to stores on Thanksgiving or woke up before dawn the next day...
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FILE- In this Friday, Nov. 16, 2018, photo, cozy sleep items are on display near a holiday section at a Target store in Edison, N.J. Cozy sweaters and soft pajamas are in for adults. Kids, meanwhile, are asking for board games featuring fake poop and pimples. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)
November 23, 2018 - 4:22 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Cozy sweaters and soft pajamas are in for adults. Kids, meanwhile, are asking for board games featuring fake poop and pimples. Those are just some of the trends expected this holiday season, when shoppers are projected to spend as much as $720 billion, according to the National...
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In this Nov. 9, 2018, photo, Walmart associate Shanay Bishop, left, checks out customer Carolyn Sarpy on the sales floor as part of the "Check Out With Me" program at a Walmart Supercenter in Houston. Walmart, Target and other large retailers are sending workers throughout their stores to check customers out with mobile devices. And at Macy’s, shoppers can scan and pay for items on their own smartphones. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
November 22, 2018 - 8:22 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Retailers will once again offer big deals and early hours to lure shoppers into their stores for the start of the holiday season. But they'll also try to get shoppers out of their stores faster than ever by minimizing the thing they hate most: long lines. Walmart, Target and other...
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In a photo taken Friday, Nov. 16, 2018, Target employee Lindsay Walker scans an item as she collects merchandise from shelves to prep them for an online order at a Target store in Edison, N.J. Target Corp. reports earnings Tuesday, Nov. 20. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
November 20, 2018 - 7:52 am
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Target's ramped up investments online and in stores are bringing in shoppers, but they're also bruising the bottom line. Company shares fell sharply before the opening bell Tuesday after Target missed profit expectations for the third quarter, the last look at the retailer's...
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FILE- This Nov. 9, 2018, file photo shows a Walmart Supercenter in Houston. Walmart Inc. reports earnings Thursday, Nov. 15. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)
November 15, 2018 - 7:59 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Walmart reported strong sales online and in its established store sales for its fiscal third quarter, and raised profit expectations for the year heading into the holiday shopping season. The report Thursday suggests that efforts by Walmart to improve the experience of its customers...
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FILE- In this Sept. 12, 2018, file photo Apple CEO Tim Cook discusses the new Apple iPhones and other products at the Steve Jobs Theater during an event to announce new products in Cupertino, Calif. Apple Inc. reports earnings Thursday, Nov. 1. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)
November 01, 2018 - 7:16 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple's faithful customers aren't snapping up iPhones quite as enthusiastically as anticipated heading into the crucial holiday shopping season. But the latest models costing $1,000 and more are popular enough to keep propelling profits ever higher for the world's most...
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