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Pay day loan middlemen complaints double in UK this year

Earlier this week, the Financial Ombudsman Service in the UK reported how it had seen complaints about so-called "middlemen" to pay day loan providers more than double this year.

Consumers sue over drug-resistant Salmonella in meat

Washington - A consumer group is set to sue the U.S. Department of Agriculture. This is for putting the public's health at risk by allowing meat with antibiotic-resistant strains of Salmonella to be sold to in stores.

Helping online shoppers enjoy a safer buying experience Promoted

The convenience of buying online is unquestioned, but safety concerns have arisen due to data breaches and other problems. Here's what you need to know.

Marketing challenges for big brands as face of families changes

Marketing campaigns are changing gears as the definition of the modern family takes new shape, says director of strategy at Saatchi & Saatchi.

US incomes, spending rise in February; inflation low

Washington - US consumer incomes and spending gained for the second straight month in February, while inflation pressure remained subdued, the Commerce Department reported Friday.

EU finds broadband users are confused and overcharged

Brussels - Internet service providers in Europe are charging wildly inconsistent prices for broadband connections, leaving customers confused and short-changed, according to research released Tuesday by the European Commission.

Russian spending in Britain drops

London - Russian spending in British shops fell by 17 percent last month compared to February 2013, according to tax-free shopping statistics out Monday.Visitors from Russia spent an average £669 ($1,103, 800 euros) per transaction, according to Global Blue, s...

China consumer show targets camera maker Nikon in annual ritual

Japan's Nikon Corp has moved to allay consumer fears in China after being criticized on a closely watched consumer show that said the camera maker had sold defective products in China and denied local consumers fair treatment.

Top EU official warns of misleading app developers

Brussels - Just two weeks after suggesting the European Union is on the cusp of a digitally led economic bonanza, officials warned Thursday that web developers may be misleading consumers.EU Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding called a two-day meeting with Europe...

Europe invites Apple, Google to discuss 'in-app' purchases

The European Commission announced plans on Thursday to tackle one of the scourges of the modern age - games on tablets and mobile phones that allow adults and children to rack up vast credit card bills by...

Op-Ed: Paper or email? Digital receipts offer benefits for businesses

In an era of online shopping and electronic bookkeeping, paper-based receipts seem outdated. E-receipts can save both consumers and businesses money, sending the information directly to a customer’s email inbox. But are customers biting?

Online retailers transforming marketplace, saving consumers cash

Lakewood - Is it the end of browsing around the bricks-and-mortar store? It may become an antiquated practice now that retailers are establishing a presence on the Internet and online sales are projected to grow each year.

Patient education transforming U.S. healthcare industry

Austin - Who hasn’t searched on the Internet for symptoms, causes or treatments to a bothersome ailment? What if there was a way of connecting healthcare professionals and patients without traveling to a medical clinic or a hospital? Perhaps there already is.

Web advertisers attack Mozilla for protecting consumers' privacy

The Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) is irate that Mozilla is planning to make future versions of its Firefox web browser block third-party cookies by default.

Op-Ed: US Conservatives and liberals buy very different products

New York - A new and irritatingly interesting study has found that conservative and liberal buying habits are very different, almost polarized. The main dichotomy is that conservatives buy well established brands, while liberals are more adventurous.

'Hansel and Gretel' hunt witches; movie spending up in 2012

Without a slew of pro football games or playoffs in the NFL, this is the weekend when the box office looks to heat up, while much of the nation freezes.

Op-Ed: CES 2013 - Is it consumers or companies that want Smart TVs?

Smart TVs are one of the items being showcased at this year's Consumer Electronics Show (CES) with companies introducing what's to come on the market. But are Smart TVs really what the consumer market wants?

Poll: Only 10% of Canadians to shop on Black Friday, Cyber Monday

Toronto - A new poll from the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC) found that only one in ten Canadian consumers will take advantage of the Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping deals, while most will use a debit or credit card.

Op-Ed: The future of media consumption driven by two-screen universe

In discussing the future of media, it is important to address the underlying present-day technologies that are governing the transformations and directions to come.

Lawsuit over 'swipe fees' settled, will consumers pay the price?

Now that a proposed court settlement has been made in a seven year long dispute between credit card issuers and millions of merchants over credit card swipe fees, the question of how this will affect credit-card carrying consumers remains.

U.S. consumers warned of several scams this week

It's only mid-July, and so far several new scams have been reported during the first half of this month. The scams range from job offers to the U.S. President offering stimulus money to pay resident utility bills, and a few in between.

Survey: 1 in 5 drivers are interested in self-driving cars

Autonomous cars have been an increasingly popular topic of discussion as technology is rapidly bringing the idea of a self-driving car to reality.

Report: Data shows a weak final month in holiday shopping season

Toronto - With four consecutive monthly retail sales increases, a new report from Statistics Canada found that retailers suffered a weak final month of the year. The statistical analysis suggested that retail sales were down 0.2 percent to $38.6 billion.

Will consumers avoid Black Friday and wait for Cyber Monday?

Over the years Black Friday has morphed from simply being a busy shopping day into one of chaos and madness. After Black Friday arrives, subsequent reports of injuries, or even death, are frequently reported in recent years.

Minnesota 'Cheeseburger bill' calls for personal responsibility Special

Saint Paul - A unique legislative bill in the Minnesota House, nicknamed the 'Cheeseburger Bill', would provide for civil immunity against claims based on weight gain, obesity and health related issued caused by the long-term consumption of foods.

To protect profits, prices on consumer goods will rise this year

New York - By the time autumn rolls around, most Americans will be paying more for commodity items and in some instances considerably more, as companies protect their profit margins by passing production costs on to consumers.

Women making more financial decisions in Canadian households

Over half of Canadian women say that they are responsible for most of the day-to-day finance decisions, according to MasterCard's 2010 MasterIndex of Canadian Women Consumers. More than half of those enjoy their role as the primary decision maker.

HST begins in Ontario, consumers scramble to save money Special

Toronto - Canada Day is the day where people nationwide celebrate the birth of the country. However, July 1 is also the day where residents of British Columbia and Ontario officially begin paying the Harmonized Sales Tax.

Op-Ed: Consumers Can Hold BP Accountable

For weeks now British Petroleum has failed to stop the massive oil spill in the Gulf Coast that resulted from the explosion of one of its offshore rigs.

Ontario police warn consumers about computer theft

Bracebridge - A truck load of electronic goods was stolen in Brampton, Ontario, this week. Police are warning consumers that private sales of computers may be an illegal transaction.
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