A Week's Worth
• The Dow Jones Industrial Average declined 0.57 percent last week as market analysts expressed concern that rising oil prices could spark a new round of inflation.
• If you live in a region where the weather is no longer unseasonably warm, you may be shivering today. But here's something to take a bit of the chill away: The Energy Information Administration has lowered its projected average household fuel bill for this winter a second time due to those relatively balmy temperatures in November, December, and early January. The agency now says you'll pay about $860 to heat your home, compared with $948 last winter.
• For the seventh year in a row, identity theft leads the list of consumer complaints compiled by the Federal Trade Commission. But for all their professed concern about the issue, a survey for the National Crime Prevention Council has found that the number of those who have taken the trouble to educate themselves on the subject is only 1 percent higher – 57 versus 56 – than those who say they don't worry.
• Planning to take your significant other out to dinner Wednesday? Or buy flowers or candy? Men told a Discover Card survey they expect to spend roughly $117 for Valentine's Day. Despite the booming economy, that's $10 less, on average, than a year ago. Women said they probably will spend about $60 – down almost $15 from last year. They're also much more likely than men – by an 80 percent to 64 percent margin – to send free e-valentines, according to Harris Interactive poll results.