CONSUMER - The Salt Lake Tribune http://www.sltrib.com/feeds/topics/CONSUMER News from The Salt Lake Tribune en-us webmaster@sltrib.com (Webmaster) Bad weather boosts Utah prices http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/57821868-79/prices-percent-march-price.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/57821868-79/prices-percent-march-price.html.csp">Bad weather boosts Utah prices</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Sheena McFarland</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-04-16T07:26:35.343-06:00">Updated Apr 16, 2014 07:26AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Have you been missing that lime in your soda or on you favorite dish of pad thai? The reason for the green citrus fruit’s absence is one of economics: the price per case of limes shot up from $14 to a whopping $100 after weather heavily damaged southern Mexico’s lime crop. It was one of several factors that drove up the Zions Bank Wasatch Front Consumer Price Index by 0.7 percent from February to March. Over the past 12 months, prices have increased 1.4 percent in Utah. Groceries overall jumped...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57821868@www.sltrib.com Wed, 16 Apr 2014 07:26:35 MDT Comcast named worst company in America http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/57790875-79/comcast-company-america-worst.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/57790875-79/comcast-company-america-worst.html.csp">Comcast named worst company in America</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Vince Horiuchi</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-04-08T19:46:48.279-06:00">Updated Apr 8, 2014 07:46PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Comcast, the country’s largest cable television and Internet provider was named the “Worst Company in America” Tuesday by The Consumerist blog, the same day the telecom was making its case to the Federal Communications Commission to merge with Time-Warner Cable. The Consumerist, the consumer affairs blog for Consumer Media LLC, revealed the winner of its annual contest, which is based on public votes. Comcast received 51.5 percent of the votes, narrowly edging out the second-place vote-getter, ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-577908752014-04-08T19:46:48.279-06:00" id="#license-2014-04-08T19:46:48.279-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57790875@www.sltrib.com Tue, 08 Apr 2014 19:46:48 MDT U.S. consumer borrowing up $16.5 billion in February http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/57786504-79/borrowing-credit-debt-loans.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/57786504-79/borrowing-credit-debt-loans.html.csp">U.S. consumer borrowing up $16.5 billion in February</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By MARTIN CRUTSINGER</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-04-07T13:59:45.2-06:00">Updated Apr 7, 2014 01:59PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Washington • Consumers increased their borrowing in February on autos and student loans by the largest amount in a year. But for a second straight month, they cut back on their credit card use. Consumer borrowing climbed $16.5 billion in February, up from a $13.5 billion gain in January, the Federal Reserve reported Monday. The category that includes credit cards fell $2.4 billion after a $241 million drop in January. But this decline was offset by an $18.9 billion increase in borrowing in the ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-577865042014-04-07T13:59:45.2-06:00" id="#license-2014-04-07T13:59:45.2-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57786504@www.sltrib.com Mon, 07 Apr 2014 13:59:45 MDT Higher consumer spending lifts U.S. stocks http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/57743227-79/percent-rose-consumer-higher.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/57743227-79/percent-rose-consumer-higher.html.csp">Higher consumer spending lifts U.S. stocks</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By KEN SWEET</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> AP Markets Writer</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-28T10:19:17.526-06:00">Updated Mar 28, 2014 10:19AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">New York • Stocks are higher at midday, shaking off a two-day slump, as traders are encouraged by an increase in consumer spending last month. Tech stocks turned higher with help from Microsoft. CBS Outdoor rose 7 percent on its first day of trading. The billboard company is splitting off from CBS. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index rose 14 points, or 0.8 percent, to 1,863 at midday Friday. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 111 points, or 0.7 percent, to 16,373. The Nasdaq composite rose 38 poi...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-577432272014-03-28T10:19:17.526-06:00" id="#license-2014-03-28T10:19:17.526-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57743227@www.sltrib.com Fri, 28 Mar 2014 10:19:17 MDT Letter: National sales tax would eliminate need for income taxes http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57723022-82/tax-income-sales-taxes.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57723022-82/tax-income-sales-taxes.html.csp">Letter: National sales tax would eliminate need for income taxes</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-31T05:22:23.878-06:00">Updated Mar 31, 2014 05:22AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">It’s tax time — time to renew our hatred of the Internal Revenue Service. How would you feel if no one ever had to pay income taxes again? There is a plan to change the IRS from an income-taxing agency to a sales-taxing agency by replacing the entire federal income tax system with a national sales tax of 10 percent to 18 percent on all consumer goods, except food, soap, toilet paper, diapers and used/donated goods sold in thrift stores. The present 13,458-page tax code would shrink to less than ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57723022@www.sltrib.com Mon, 31 Mar 2014 05:22:23 MDT Confidence, home markets on the rise in Utah http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/57728932-79/bank-confidence-points-zions.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/57728932-79/bank-confidence-points-zions.html.csp">Confidence, home markets on the rise in Utah</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By TONY SEMERAD</span></span> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-26T12:24:03.939-06:00">Updated Mar 26, 2014 12:24PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">The moving boxes in Kelly Lear’s new living room on Salt Lake City’s east bench contain a healthy share of optimism. She and husband Jonathan lived in his parents’ house in The Avenues for nearly three years as the extended family waited for real estate markets to firm up enough for that home to sell. Now the couple and three kids are unpacking in their latest dream: a 6,000-plus square foot ground-up remodel of a home in southeast Salt Lake’s Country Club neighborhood. “This just kind of fit,”...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57728932@www.sltrib.com Wed, 26 Mar 2014 12:24:03 MDT Consumer confidence rebounds in sign of optimism http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/57728011-79/percent-economy-growth-consumer.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/57728011-79/percent-economy-growth-consumer.html.csp">Consumer confidence rebounds in sign of optimism</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By MARTIN CRUTSINGER</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-25T09:23:02.654-06:00">Updated Mar 25, 2014 09:23AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Washington • U.S. consumer confidence has rebounded to the highest reading in six years, providing a further sign that the economy’s prospects should brighten with warmer weather. The Conference Board said Tuesday that its confidence index rose to 82.3 this month from a February reading of 78.3. It was the strongest reading since the index stood at 87.3 in January 2008, just as the Great Recession was beginning. Conference Board economist Lynn Franco said consumers are moderately more upbeat ab...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-577280112014-03-25T09:23:02.654-06:00" id="#license-2014-03-25T09:23:02.654-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57728011@www.sltrib.com Tue, 25 Mar 2014 09:23:02 MDT Names of health plans sow customer confusion http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/57718124-68/names-plans-insurance-consumers.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/57718124-68/names-plans-insurance-consumers.html.csp">Names of health plans sow customer confusion</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By ROBERT PEAR</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The New York Times</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-22T21:43:06.133-06:00">Updated Mar 22, 2014 09:43PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Washington • As Americans race to sign up for health insurance in the final days of open enrollment, many consumers and consumer advocates say the names of plans are unhelpful, confusing and in some cases misleading. A number of insurers sell their plans under names like Select, Preferred, Premier, Exclusive, Enhanced, Essential, Essential Plus, Prime, Ultimate and Deluxe. Multiple offerings from one company may have the same benefits and cover the same share of a consumer’s costs, but go by di...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57718124@www.sltrib.com Sat, 22 Mar 2014 21:43:06 MDT Utah consumer prices increase slightly in February http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/57702329-79/prices-percent-increased-gasoline.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/57702329-79/prices-percent-increased-gasoline.html.csp">Utah consumer prices increase slightly in February</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By TOM WHARTON</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-19T12:44:38.48-06:00">Updated Mar 19, 2014 12:44PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">The increased cost of cable and satellite television and gasoline fueled a .2 percent increase in Utah’s Consumer Price Index from January to February. According to the Zions Bank Wasatch Front Consumer Price Index, which is released monthly, Utahns paid 1.3 percent more for recreational activities including cable and satellite television in February. One of Utah’s primary providers of satellite television raised prices by an average of 3.7 percent for each of its service bundles, citing rising ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57702329@www.sltrib.com Wed, 19 Mar 2014 12:44:38 MDT U.S. consumer prices tick up just slightly http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/57697424-79/prices-percent-inflation-billion.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/57697424-79/prices-percent-inflation-billion.html.csp">U.S. consumer prices tick up just slightly</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> AP Economics Writer</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-18T10:56:57.301-06:00">Updated Mar 18, 2014 10:56AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Washington • Cheaper energy kept U.S. consumer prices in check last month, despite a big rise in the cost of food, the latest sign that inflation is tame. The consumer price index rose 0.1 percent in February, matching January’s increase, the Labor Department said Tuesday. In the past 12 months, prices have risen just 1.1 percent, down from 1.6 percent in January and the smallest yearly gain in five months. Excluding the volatile food and energy categories, core prices rose 0.1 percent last mont...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-576974242014-03-18T10:56:57.301-06:00" id="#license-2014-03-18T10:56:57.301-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57697424@www.sltrib.com Tue, 18 Mar 2014 10:56:57 MDT Vennochi: Sen. Markey and Herbalife http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57686187-82/markey-ackman-herbalife-staff.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57686187-82/markey-ackman-herbalife-staff.html.csp">Vennochi: Sen. Markey and Herbalife</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Joan Vennochi</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Boston Globe</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-15T08:20:02.535-06:00">Updated Mar 15, 2014 08:20AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Senator Edward J. Markey insists his staff knew — but he didn’t — that a Wall Street investor stood to make a fortune if Markey and other politicians urged federal regulators to open a fraud investigation into a company the investor wants to destroy. In Washington, they call that deniability. In the real world, it’s called hard to believe. Call it what you will, it’s the crux of Markey’s explanation for how he came to sign letters asking the Federal Trade Commission and Securities Exchange Commi...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57686187@www.sltrib.com Sat, 15 Mar 2014 08:20:02 MDT U.S. retail sales up slightly in February after January’s sharp dip http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/57676223-79/sales-percent-retail-february.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/57676223-79/sales-percent-retail-february.html.csp">U.S. retail sales up slightly in February after January’s sharp dip</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By JOSH BOAK</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> AP Economics Writer</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-13T08:44:01.861-06:00">Updated Mar 13, 2014 08:44AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Washington • U.S. retail sales bounced back in February after suffering a steep decline during a bitterly cold January. Shoppers spent more on autos, clothing and furniture. The Commerce Department said Thursday that seasonally-adjusted retail sales rose 0.3 percent in February. Spending had fallen 0.6 percent in January, revised down from the 0.4 percent decline initially reported. Retail spending also fell 0.3 percent in December. The increase suggests that consumer spending has started to rec...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-576762232014-03-13T08:44:01.861-06:00" id="#license-2014-03-13T08:44:01.861-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57676223@www.sltrib.com Thu, 13 Mar 2014 08:44:01 MDT No consensus on how to notify data breach victims http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/57655650-68/data-notification-state-laws.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/57655650-68/data-notification-state-laws.html.csp">No consensus on how to notify data breach victims</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By ERIC TUCKER</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-09T10:13:01.624-06:00">Updated Mar 9, 2014 10:13AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Washington • The data breach at Target Corp. that exposed millions of credit card numbers has focused attention on the patchwork of state consumer notification laws and renewed a push for a single national standard. Most states have laws that require retailers to disclose data breaches, but the laws vary wildly. Consumers in one state might learn immediately that their personal information had been exposed, but that might not happen in another state, and notification requirements for businesses ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-576556502014-03-09T10:13:01.624-06:00" id="#license-2014-03-09T10:13:01.624-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57655650@www.sltrib.com Sun, 09 Mar 2014 10:13:01 MDT Top 10 scams Utahns report to the state http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/57631096-79/consumer-failure-complaints-consumers.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/57631096-79/consumer-failure-complaints-consumers.html.csp">Top 10 scams Utahns report to the state</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By tom harvey</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-05T16:44:34.97-06:00">Updated Mar 5, 2014 04:44PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Telemarketing and Coaching Services led the list of the top consumer complaints compiled by state regulators. The Utah Division of Consumer Protection released its annual list on Tuesday to its Top 10 complaints from Utah consumer to coincide with National Consumer Protection Week. Complaints to the Federal Trade Commission from Utahns also were compiled. “Aggressive fraudsters continue to follow news headlines and try to trap consumers with offers too good to refuse,” said Francine A. Giani, e...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57631096@www.sltrib.com Wed, 05 Mar 2014 16:44:34 MDT Energy costs boosted U.S. consumer spending in Jan. http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/57625192-79/spending-percent-january-weather.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/57625192-79/spending-percent-january-weather.html.csp">Energy costs boosted U.S. consumer spending in Jan.</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By MARTIN CRUTSINGER</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-03T08:30:02.478-06:00">Updated Mar 3, 2014 08:30AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Washington • Americans spent more in January, but the increase came from a surge in spending on heating bills during the harsh winter. Spending in areas such as autos and clothing declined. Spending rose 0.4 percent in January after a 0.1 percent gain in December the Commerce Department said Monday. The December figure was revised down from a 0.4 percent increase. Income grew 0.3 percent in January after no increase in December. The overall spending increase in January reflected a 0.8 percent j...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-576251922014-03-03T08:30:02.478-06:00" id="#license-2014-03-03T08:30:02.478-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57625192@www.sltrib.com Mon, 03 Mar 2014 08:30:02 MDT U.S. consumer confidence ticks up in February http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/57614079-79/americans-income-survey-younger.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/57614079-79/americans-income-survey-younger.html.csp">U.S. consumer confidence ticks up in February</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-02-28T13:34:02.378-06:00">Updated Feb 28, 2014 01:34PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Washington • A surprisingly optimistic outlook among younger Americans and a higher stock market pushed up a measure of U.S. consumer sentiment in February. The increase was small, but the harsh winter weather appears to have had little effect on Americans’ confidence so far. That’s a sign that spending might pick up in the coming months. The University of Michigan’s consumer sentiment index ticked up to 81.6 in February from 81.2 in January. It’s still slightly below December’s figure. “While ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-576140792014-02-28T13:34:02.378-06:00" id="#license-2014-02-28T13:34:02.378-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57614079@www.sltrib.com Fri, 28 Feb 2014 13:34:02 MDT Utah consumer confidence shows steady gains http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/57598440-79/percent-months-utah-confidence.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/57598440-79/percent-months-utah-confidence.html.csp">Utah consumer confidence shows steady gains</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Tom Wharton</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-02-26T15:54:34.327-06:00">Updated Feb 26, 2014 03:54PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Utah consumer confidence might not be soaring, but it is showing slow, steady improvement as it continues to hit record levels. At least that is what the most recent Zions Bank Consumer Attitude Index revealed. The bank has been providing the survey as a free resource since 2011. Data collection is done by The Cicero Group, a Salt Lake City-based research firm. The index increased .6 points to 96.8 from January to February. Though the monthly increases have been modest, this is the fourth-strai...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57598440@www.sltrib.com Wed, 26 Feb 2014 15:54:34 MDT U.S. consumer confidence dips slightly in February http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/57596128-79/consumer-confidence-february-board.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/57596128-79/consumer-confidence-february-board.html.csp">U.S. consumer confidence dips slightly in February</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By MARTIN CRUTSINGER</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-02-25T08:23:01.85-06:00">Updated Feb 25, 2014 08:23AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Washington • U.S. consumer confidence fell slightly in February over concerns about the near-term outlook for business conditions and jobs. The Conference Board says that its confidence index dipped to 78.1 in February, down from 79.4 in January. Conference Board economist Lynn Franco says the index still suggests consumers believe the economy has improved although they do not expect it to gain significant momentum in coming months. Consumer sentiment is closely watched for indications about ho...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-575961282014-02-25T08:23:01.85-06:00" id="#license-2014-02-25T08:23:01.85-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57596128@www.sltrib.com Tue, 25 Feb 2014 08:23:01 MDT Stocks open lower ahead of confidence report http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/57596133-79/confidence-fell-percent-report.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/57596133-79/confidence-fell-percent-report.html.csp">Stocks open lower ahead of confidence report</a></h4> <span class="author source-org vcard"><span class="org fn">The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-02-25T08:25:01.807-06:00">Updated Feb 25, 2014 08:25AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">New York • U.S. stocks are getting off to a weak start as investors hold back ahead of a report on consumer confidence. The Standard & Poor’s 500 fell three points, or 0.2 percent, to 1,844 in the first few minutes of trading Tuesday. Energy and bank stocks fell the most. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 35 points, or 0.2 percent, to 16,171. The Nasdaq composite was flat at 4,291. Investors will get a report on consumer confidence for February at 10 a.m. Eastern. Economists expect confiden...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-575961332014-02-25T08:25:01.807-06:00" id="#license-2014-02-25T08:25:01.807-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57596133@www.sltrib.com Tue, 25 Feb 2014 08:25:01 MDT