Hope springs eternal in the world of consumer economics — but it’s a tempered kind of optimism that’s taken hold in the U.S. this year with a teetering stock market and rising food prices causing some agita.
Trends have perked up along with the spring weather after a brutal January and February, when strung-out shoppers and severe winter storms hit merchants hard. Retail and food-service sales topped expectations in March, racing out of the gate with a 3.8 percent seasonally adjusted gain versus a year earlier.
"I think that all anyone really wants in life is to have people understand us for who we actually are, despite everything," says Ruth Negga. The actress talks "Preachers" season 2 and more on WWD.com. #wwdeye (📷: Dan Doperalski)
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