CONSUMER - The Salt Lake Tribune http://www.sltrib.com/feeds/topics/CONSUMER News from The Salt Lake Tribune en-us webmaster@sltrib.com (Webmaster) 2 telemarketers charged; both had ties to Swallow, Shurtleff http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58400464-78/christner-swallow-division-jensen.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58400464-78/christner-swallow-division-jensen.html.csp">2 telemarketers charged; both had ties to Swallow, Shurtleff</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Erin Alberty</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-09-12T15:07:38.766-06:00">Updated Sep 12, 2014 03:07PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Prosecutors have filed charges against two telemarketers whose dealings with John Swallow and Mark Shurtleff have figured into “pay-to-play” allegations against the former Utah attorneys general. Aaron Vincent Christner and Ryan Scott Jensen each were charged Wednesday with two third-degree felony counts of violation of a cease-and-desist order. The Utah Division of Consumer Protection in 2011 ordered Christner and Jensen to stop telemarketing operations after they racked up $400,000 in fines r...</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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.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> 58400464@www.sltrib.com Fri, 12 Sep 2014 15:07:38 MDT Utah Blaze ticket holders eligible for refunds http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58393518-77/blaze-division-ticket-holders.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/sports/58393518-77/blaze-division-ticket-holders.html.csp">Utah Blaze ticket holders eligible for refunds</a></h4> <span class="author source-org vcard"><span class="org fn">The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-09-09T22:38:50.865-06:00">Updated Sep 9, 2014 10:38PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Ticket holders left holding the bag when the Utah Blaze arena football team ceased operations last year may finally be able to recoup their money. The Utah Division of Consumer Protection announced Tuesday that Blaze customers can apply for refunds through the division as part of a settlement with the team. The Blaze halted operations last September after failing to submit required paperwork to the Arena League for the 2014 and 2015 seasons. Blaze ticket holders have until Sept. 30 to file clai...</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> 58393518@www.sltrib.com Tue, 09 Sep 2014 22:38:50 MDT Consumer credit surges on more vehicle loans http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58390541-79/credit-billion-loans-july.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58390541-79/credit-billion-loans-july.html.csp">Consumer credit surges on more vehicle loans</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Jeanna Smialek</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> Bloomberg News</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-09-08T17:40:02.501-06:00">Updated Sep 8, 2014 05:40PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Washington • Consumer borrowing rose more than forecast in July as non-revolving loans including those for cars climbed by the most in three years. The $26 billion increase in credit exceeded the highest forecast in a Bloomberg survey and followed an $18.8 billion advance in June that was more than previously estimated, the Federal Reserve reported Monday in Washington. Non-revolving loans, which include borrowing for cars and college tuition, climbed $20.6 billion, the biggest gain since July 2...</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> 58390541@www.sltrib.com Mon, 08 Sep 2014 17:40:02 MDT U.S. consumer sentiment improves a bit in August http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58351747-79/consumer-august-michigan-percent.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58351747-79/consumer-august-michigan-percent.html.csp">U.S. consumer sentiment improves a bit in August</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="2014-08-29T11:06:01.787-06:00">Updated Aug 29, 2014 11:06AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Washington • U.S. consumer sentiment ticked up in August, driven by greater optimism about jobs, rising incomes, and increasing wealth. Yet the increase largely occurred among higher-income groups. The University of Michigan said Friday its index of consumer sentiment rose to 82.5 from 81.8 in July. The August level is only slightly higher than it was a year ago. Consumers have sent mixed signals in recent months. The Michigan index has fluctuated between 80 and 82.5 since December. But a measur...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-583517472014-08-29T11:06:01.787-06:00" id="#license-2014-08-29T11:06:01.787-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. 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Released earlier this week, Zions Bank’s Consumer Attitude Index rose 2.0 points from July to August, boosting the gain over the past 12 months to 18.5 points. Utah’s consumer confidence index is now up to 106.9, far better than the national average (92.4), which went up 2.1 points since July. “Consumer confidence in current economic c...</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> 58347662@www.sltrib.com Thu, 28 Aug 2014 16:42:02 MDT State cracks down on three e-cigarette marketers http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58343358-79/utah-act-consumer-llc.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58343358-79/utah-act-consumer-llc.html.csp">State cracks down on three e-cigarette marketers</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Mike Gorrell</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-28T13:32:39.323-06:00">Updated Aug 28, 2014 01:32PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Three companies marketing e-cigarettes online in Utah could face fines of up to $1.1 million for 451 alleged violations of consumer-safety laws. The Utah Division of Consumer Protection filed charges Tuesday against: • Vapex LLC, with addresses in Bountiful, for 329 counts of violating the Utah Consumer Sales Practices Act and the Utah Telephone Fraud Prevention Act, maximum possible fine $822,500; • Sinless Valpor LLC, Heber City, for 94 counts of violating the Sales Practices Act, maximum pote...</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> 58343358@www.sltrib.com Thu, 28 Aug 2014 13:32:39 MDT Survey: U.S. consumer confidence near a 7-year high http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58338390-79/americans-confidence-month-months.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58338390-79/americans-confidence-month-months.html.csp">Survey: U.S. consumer confidence near a 7-year high</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="2014-08-26T09:13:48.292-06:00">Updated Aug 26, 2014 09:13AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Washington • U.S. consumer confidence this month reached its highest point in nearly seven years, boosted by strong job gains. The Conference Board said Tuesday that its confidence index rose for a fourth straight month to 92.4 from 90.3 in July. The August reading is the highest since October 2007, two months before the Great Recession officially began. The optimism suggests that Americans will be more likely to spend in the months ahead, an important boost to the economy. Consumer spending dri...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-583383902014-08-26T09:13:48.292-06:00" id="#license-2014-08-26T09:13:48.292-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58338390@www.sltrib.com Tue, 26 Aug 2014 09:13:48 MDT Bank of America settlement likely to benefit few http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58323369-68/bank-settlement-america-mortgage.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58323369-68/bank-settlement-america-mortgage.html.csp">Bank of America settlement likely to benefit few</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By JOSH BOAK, PETE YOST </span></span> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">and MARCY GORDON</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-21T19:50:15.95-06:00">Updated Aug 21, 2014 07:50PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Washington • Bank of America’s record $16.65 billion settlement for its role in selling shoddy mortgage bonds — $7 billion of it geared for consumer relief — offers a glint of hope for desperate homeowners. The settlement requires the second-largest U.S. bank to reduce some homeowners’ loan balances, provide new loans to low-income buyers and address areas of neighborhood blight. But consumer advocates say relatively few people will be helped relative to the devastation triggered by the mortgag...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-583233692014-08-21T19:50:15.95-06:00" id="#license-2014-08-21T19:50:15.95-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. 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The settlement requires the second-largest U.S. bank to reduce some homeowners’ loan balances, provide new loans to low-income buyers and address areas of neighborhood blight. But consumer advocates say relatively few people will be helped relative to the devastation triggered by the mortgage...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-583224802014-08-21T13:44:02.521-06:00" id="#license-2014-08-21T13:44:02.521-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58322480@www.sltrib.com Thu, 21 Aug 2014 13:44:02 MDT Why Bank of America deal might not cost it $17B http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58317816-79/bank-settlement-billion-relief.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58317816-79/bank-settlement-billion-relief.html.csp">Why Bank of America deal might not cost it $17B</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By JEFF HORWITZ</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-20T12:42:02.381-06:00">Updated Aug 20, 2014 12:42PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Washington • How much will Bank of America’s expected $17 billion mortgage settlement cost the company? The answer is, almost certainly not that much. In mega-settlements negotiated with the government, a dollar is rarely worth an actual dollar. Inflated figures make sensational headlines for the Justice Department, and $17 billion would be the largest settlement by far arising from the economic meltdown in which millions of people in the United States lost their homes to foreclosure. But the tr...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-583178162014-08-20T12:42:02.381-06:00" id="#license-2014-08-20T12:42:02.381-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58317816@www.sltrib.com Wed, 20 Aug 2014 12:42:02 MDT Consumer prices edge up 0.1 percent in July http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58312604-79/percent-prices-inflation-july.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58312604-79/percent-prices-inflation-july.html.csp">Consumer prices edge up 0.1 percent in July</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="2014-08-19T08:40:02.329-06:00">Updated Aug 19, 2014 08:40AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Washington • U.S. consumer prices rose in July at the slowest pace in five months, held back by a drop in gasoline prices. Consumer prices edged up a seasonally adjusted 0.1 percent last month, after larger gains of 0.3 percent in June and 0.4 percent in May, the Labor Department reported Tuesday. It was the smallest increase since a similar 0.1 percent rise in February. The July price restraint came from falling gasoline prices, which had surged in June. All energy prices were down 0.3 percent ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-583126042014-08-19T08:40:02.329-06:00" id="#license-2014-08-19T08:40:02.329-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58312604@www.sltrib.com Tue, 19 Aug 2014 08:40:02 MDT U.S. producer prices rise just 0.1 percent in July http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58300406-79/percent-prices-inflation-june.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58300406-79/percent-prices-inflation-june.html.csp">U.S. producer prices rise just 0.1 percent in July</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="2014-08-15T09:18:01.957-06:00">Updated Aug 15, 2014 09:18AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Washington • Falling gasoline costs lowered the prices that U.S. companies received for their goods and services last month, keeping overall inflation in check. The producer price index rose 0.1 percent in July, following a 0.4 percent gain in June, the Labor Department said Friday. The index measures the cost of goods and services before they reach the consumer. Wholesale gas prices fell 2.1 percent, after jumping 6.4 percent in June. The cost of pharmaceuticals, pickup trucks and rail and truc...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-583004062014-08-15T09:18:01.957-06:00" id="#license-2014-08-15T09:18:01.957-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58300406@www.sltrib.com Fri, 15 Aug 2014 09:18:01 MDT Retail sales across the country were flat during July http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58292347-79/sales-july-percent-retail.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58292347-79/sales-july-percent-retail.html.csp">Retail sales across the country were flat during July</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By JOSH BOAK</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-13T09:43:02.233-06:00">Updated Aug 13, 2014 09:43AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Washington • U.S. retail sales were essentially flat in July, providing evidence that consumers have yet to shed their doubts about the economy despite recent job gains. The Commerce Department said Wednesday that seasonally adjusted retail sales were unchanged in July compared with the prior month. Total sales rose a statistically insignificant $161 million from $439.6 billion in June. Spending dipped at auto dealers and department stores last month. The losses were offset by gains at grocery s...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-582923472014-08-13T09:43:02.233-06:00" id="#license-2014-08-13T09:43:02.233-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58292347@www.sltrib.com Wed, 13 Aug 2014 09:43:02 MDT Magazine: Tesla Model S defects emerged over time http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58288257-79/reports-car-consumer-tesla.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58288257-79/reports-car-consumer-tesla.html.csp">Magazine: Tesla Model S defects emerged over time</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Alan Ohnsman</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> Bloomberg News</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-12T11:33:42.254-06:00">Updated Aug 12, 2014 11:33AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Los Angeles • Tesla Motors’ Model S, ranked as the best-reviewed car of the year by Consumer Reports, exhibited minor flaws after months of driving as the magazine’s staff continued to test the vehicle. The non-profit publication, which buys all the cars it tests, said the problems mostly emerged after the sedan had been driven more than 10,000 miles. They included the center screen going blank after logging 12,000 miles, reducing access to most functions; a creaking noise from the roof; and iss...</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> 58288257@www.sltrib.com Tue, 12 Aug 2014 11:33:42 MDT U.S. consumer sentiment edges down to 81.8 in July http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58250692-79/consumer-july-index-sentiment.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58250692-79/consumer-july-index-sentiment.html.csp">U.S. consumer sentiment edges down to 81.8 in July</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="2014-08-01T10:55:21.673-06:00">Updated Aug 1, 2014 10:55AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Washington • A measure of U.S. consumer confidence slipped in July although it remained at levels signaling further gains in consumer spending. The University of Michigan said Friday that its index of consumer sentiment edged down to 81.8 in July from 82.3 in June. The index of consumers’ assessment of current conditions rose but the index for expectations dipped slightly from the June reading. Survey director Richard Curtin said that consumers have yet to interpret the recent gains in jobs and ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-582506922014-08-01T10:55:21.673-06:00" id="#license-2014-08-01T10:55:21.673-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58250692@www.sltrib.com Fri, 01 Aug 2014 10:55:21 MDT U.S.consumer spending up 0.4 percent in June http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58250387-79/percent-spending-rate-june.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58250387-79/percent-spending-rate-june.html.csp">U.S.consumer spending up 0.4 percent in June</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="2014-08-01T10:56:03.741-06:00">Updated Aug 1, 2014 10:56AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Washington • U.S. consumer spending rose at the fastest pace in three months in June, providing momentum for the economy going into the second half of the year. Consumer spending increased 0.4 percent in June on a seasonally adjusted basis following slower increases of 0.3 percent in May and 0.1 percent in April, the Commerce Department said Friday. That was the best showing since a 0.8 percent surge in spending in March, which reflected a rebound after a harsh winter had kept consumers from the...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-582503872014-08-01T10:56:03.741-06:00" id="#license-2014-08-01T10:56:03.741-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58250387@www.sltrib.com Fri, 01 Aug 2014 10:56:03 MDT U.S. economy grew at strong 4 percent rate in spring http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58241181-79/percent-quarter-economy-rate.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58241181-79/percent-quarter-economy-rate.html.csp">U.S. economy grew at strong 4 percent rate in spring</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="2014-07-30T16:22:28.623-06:00">Updated Jul 30, 2014 04:22PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Washington • After a dismal winter, the U.S. economy sprang back to life in the April-June quarter, growing at a fast 4 percent annual rate on the strength of higher consumer and business spending. The rebound reported Wednesday by the Commerce Department followed a sharp 2.1 percent annualized drop in economic activity in the January-March quarter. That figure was revised up from a previous estimate of a 2.9 percent drop. But it was still the biggest contraction since early 2009 in the depths o...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-582411812014-07-30T16:22:28.623-06:00" id="#license-2014-07-30T16:22:28.623-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58241181@www.sltrib.com Wed, 30 Jul 2014 16:22:28 MDT Consumer confidence picking up steam in Utah http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58237367-79/percent-utah-confidence-index.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58237367-79/percent-utah-confidence-index.html.csp">Consumer confidence picking up steam in Utah</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Mike Gorrell</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-29T16:32:16.206-06:00">Updated Jul 29, 2014 04:32PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Consumer confidence in Utah is as high as it’s been in the three years Zions Bank has been keeping track. The bank’s Utah Consumer Attitude Index went up 6.6 points between June and July, reaching an all-time high of 104.9. The national confidence level also jumped this month, by 4.5 points, but remained far behind Utah at 90.9. “Improvements in the labor market have had a significant positive impact on the health of Utah’s economy,” said Zions Bank President and CEO Scott Anderson. “Businesses ...</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> 58237367@www.sltrib.com Tue, 29 Jul 2014 16:32:16 MDT Appeals court upholds labels on meat packages http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58237949-79/meat-industry-rules-court.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58237949-79/meat-industry-rules-court.html.csp">Appeals court upholds labels on meat packages</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By MARY CLARE JALONICK</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-29T14:36:02.317-06:00">Updated Jul 29, 2014 02:36PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Washington • A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld new government rules requiring labels on packaged steaks, ribs and other cuts of meat to say where the animals were born, raised and slaughtered. The meat industry has attempted to block the rules, which went into effect last year, saying they are costly and provide no health benefits to the consumer. The industry said in court that the rules go beyond what Congress intended and violate First Amendment rights to freedom of speech by forcing ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-582379492014-07-29T14:36:02.317-06:00" id="#license-2014-07-29T14:36:02.317-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58237949@www.sltrib.com Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:36:02 MDT U.S. consumer confidence jumps to 90.9 in July http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58236779-79/confidence-july-90.9-consumers.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58236779-79/confidence-july-90.9-consumers.csp">U.S. consumer confidence jumps to 90.9 in July</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="2014-07-29T09:13:02.201-06:00">Updated Jul 29, 2014 09:13AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Washington • U.S. consumers are more confident about the economy than they have been in nearly seven years. The Conference Board’s confidence index rose to 90.9 in July from an upwardly revised 86.4 in June. The July reading is the highest since October 2007, two months before the Great Recession officially began. It was the third straight increase in the index. Economists said that strong job growth has helped boost consumers’ assessment of current conditions and also improved their outlook on ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-582367792014-07-29T09:13:02.201-06:00" id="#license-2014-07-29T09:13:02.201-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58236779@www.sltrib.com Tue, 29 Jul 2014 09:13:02 MDT