More car-buying consumers turning to Facebook, Twitter

Though it may have once been something that people did in person, car buying is increasingly being done – or learned about – over the Internet, according to newly released survey data.

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Retail sales reach 4-month high

Both through e-commerce and in store, consumers spent a good portion of their time interacting with retailers in March, helping to buoy sales numbers after an underwhelming winter.

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Smartphone users spend much of their online time searching

When it comes to generating online web traffic as well as online purchases, it’s these searches that represent roughly half of the activity that’s going on at any one time among mobile web users, according to the results of a newly released survey.

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Electronics fast replacing personal interaction, consumers say

Nearly 70 percent of consumers around the world believe that personal communication is being replaced by the rise of electronics, according to a recent study conducted by Nielsen.

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Consumers increasingly comfortable buying on the go

Over the last three months, mobile transactions have risen 10 percent, according to a recent survey from marketing technology company Criteo.

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Consumer confidence gets back on track in March

After falling in February, consumer confidence levels got back on the right track in March, rising to 101.3 on the Consumer Confidence Index from 98.8 in February, the Conference Board reported.

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Retailers hopeful buyers ‘spring’ for their wallets in April

As the old saying goes, April showers help produce May flowers, but retailers are hopeful that they won’t have to wait that long to realize blooming sales.

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Online experience affects car buying likelihood, poll suggests

According to a poll conducted by J.D. Power and Associates, vehicle shoppers who are satisfied with their shopping experience on a third-party website – such as Cars.com, Kelley Blue Book and Yahoo! Autos – are more likely to inquire with a dealership regarding making a purchase.

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Far too many businesses storing unencrypted payment data

Roughly 6 in 10 businesses store 16-digit numbers found on the front of credit cards in their payment data systems unencrypted, according to a new survey conducted by electronic commerce firm SecurityMetrics.

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Candy, clothing high on Easter shopping lists

Whether in preparation for church services, egg hunts or family gatherings for a grand feast, Easter celebrants will be doing a fair amount of spending for the Christian holiday this year.

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