After months of decline, consumer confidence and spending is on the rise nationally and locally.
Consumer sentiment has been improving, but the economy still has weakness, a Northwest Indiana banker said.
An air of cautious consumer confidence seems to be settling over Northwest Indiana as those who have held off buying bigger-ticket items now return to the marketplace.
Barb Young is excited about the holiday shopping season. It’s the first one her Crown Point store, Barbara Jean’s Gifts and Gourmet, will experience after opening nine months ago.
Offering perspective on today's issues
Marge Engel has a steady job as an office manager at a downtown Chicago law firm, but that doesn't mean she is feeling generous as the holiday season approaches. Engel says she won't be spending as freely this year as she has in years past.
Carpenter Tom Friel says work is spotty in the trades. As a result, he plans to decrease his spending for the holidays.
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