consumption

It’s official: Americans like red wine better than white wine

If you prefer red wine to white, you're not alone.

How the American diet has failed

The rise of processed foods, and the ever-expanding American waistline.

The generational battle of butter vs. margarine

It's been nearly 60 years since margarine stole the spotlight, but butter is back—with a vengeance.

Cyber Monday won’t kill Black Friday for a long time

Here's what happened in retail sales over Thanksgiving weekend, with lots of charts for context.

Yikes! Economy shrank in fourth quarter for the first time since ’09

Growth slowed down in the fourth quarter. Here's why.

  • Neil Irwin
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  • Jan 30, 2013

The income gap between the rich and poor is growing. So is the gap in how much they buy.

A Romney advisor argues that while income inequality may be increasing, consumption inequality isn't. He's mistaken.

  • Dylan Matthews
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  • Oct 26, 2012