Consumer spending rose just 0.1 percent in February, the Commerce Department reported Monday. A harsh winter helped put a damper on consumer spending, but so did higher gas prices and consumers choosing to boost their savings or pay down debt rather than go shopping.
Some stores are trying to bring in customers with special discounts, while others in particularly hard-hit areas like Boston are working hard just to keep their locations open.
Amid record snowfall and freezing temperatures, people across the country are going out of their way to offer their neighbors a helping hand.
New Englanders are hardy. But a Valentine's Day 'snow hurricane' will prove another test for our friends to the North as a historic snow year rolls on.
The Northeast is contending with the third major snowstorm in two weeks. The region could receive an additional two feet on top of already record accumulation.
Laughter, it appears, remains a highly recommended cure to relentless snow and cold.
In a show of winter warmth, young people as far as Connecticut and Canada are turning the hashtag into action by helping others clear their driveways of snow.