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WASHINGTON (AP) — Powered by consumers and fueled by government aid, the U.S. economy is achieving a remarkably fast recovery from the recession that ripped through the nation last year on the heels of the coronavirus and cost tens of millions of Americans their jobs and businesses.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Consumer confidence rose sharply for a second straight month, hitting the highest level since the pandemic began, as the rapid rollout of vaccines and another round of U.S. financial support for Americans boosts optimism.

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The true price of a bill shielding NorthWestern Energy from financial losses related to the Colstrip Power Plant took center stage Wednesday as the sponsoring lawmaker attempted to cast doubt on analysts' warnings about consumer debt.

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Retailers are warning that orders could take longer than usual to arrive because consumers are increasingly buying everyday essentials and holiday gifts online.

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That's the word from Anna Gladman, the chief executive of Nib Travel, including World Nomads, which sells insurance for U.S. travelers. Gladman thinks travelers had an awakening as the pandemic unfolded that "not everything can be covered by travel insurance," she wrote in an email.

I have been a Hamilton resident for 30 years, since I moved here to work as a microbiologist at Rocky Mountain Labs. Within half a mile of my …

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If you're spending a lot on convenience — whether in the form of grocery delivery, ride-hailing or meal delivery — your credit card wants to reward you for it, while encouraging you to spend more.

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Just because you like to shop doesn’t mean you have to do so without a conscience. And consumers are demanding companies produce wares along those lines as well. Here’s to a year of being aware and being stylish. Global searches between 2018-2019 for the term “secondhand fashion” was up 38%, “low waste weddings” was up 235% and “thrifted home decor” up 308% compared to 2017-2018.

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