August 6, 2012 |
U.S. banks are relaxing their terms on credit cards and lending for autos and commercial real estate, according to a Federal Reserve survey. "Domestic banks, on balance, continued to report having eased their lending standards across most loan types over the past three months," the Fed said Monday in its quarterly survey of senior loan officers. Banks in the United States are lending the most since the recession ended in June 2009, supporting an economy burdened by 8.3% unemployment.
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August 31, 1995
"Survey on Kurds Challenges View of the Turkish Hard-Liners" (Aug. 19), although not deliberately, misrepresents the Kurdish issue. For example, you missed the bottom line that a majority of the Turkish citizens with Kurdish descent are against an independent Kurdistan. The survey is under fire from all quarters and the debate is not over yet. Some question the reliability of this survey and produce very convincing arguments that the survey was designed to produce predetermined results to support convictions long held by the advocates of PKK and separatists.
June 2, 2013 |
So much for the U.S. traveler's reputation as the "ugly Americans. " Americans are second only to Germans in the rate at which they leave tips at hotels and restaurants, according to a survey of more than 9,000 travelers in eight countries by the travel website TripAdvisor. QUIZ: How well do you know fast food? When asked how likely they are to tip, 69% of Germans say they always tip, compared with 57% of Americans, 53% of Russians, 40% of Brazilians and 39% of French and British.
March 30, 2012 |
Vacation? Who's got time for a vacation? That seems to be the attitude of many Americans, according to a new national survey that shows 48% of adults passed up on using at least half of their vacation time in 2011. The survey of 1,000 adults by Los Angeles-based Kelton Research for Radisson Hotels & Resorts found that Americans are given an average of 18 vacation days a year. But those Americans who said they passed on using half or more of their vacation time blamed a heavy workload and not wanting to play catch-up after returning to work.
March 20, 2013 |
With average gasoline prices topping $4 a gallon, fewer Southern California residents say they plan to take a leisure trip over spring break, according to a survey by the Auto Club of Southern California. The annual survey of Auto Club members found that 47% said they plan at least one leisure trip this spring break season, compared to 57% in 2012 and 55% in 2011. High gasoline prices prompted 69% of those polled to say they made at least one significant cut to their budget, compared to 66% in 2012 and 61% in 2011.
October 23, 2013 |
Six in 10 Americans expect to take at least one vacation before January, a dramatic uptick over a year ago and an encouraging note for the travel industry in need of some good news in an uncertain economy. The survey of 2,300 travelers by the marketing services company MMGY Global found 59% of adults plan to take at least one trip, compared with 53% at the same time last year. The recent finding was the best since 2009. The survey, taken quarterly, also found: Travelers believe that trips are more affordabe right now and close to the record level of such perceptions set in July 2009.
July 8, 2012 |
Despite a still uncertain global economy, many travelers worldwide are planning to spend more on their vacations this year compared with last year, with Chinese vacationers expected to be the biggest spenders of all. Of 5,000 travelers surveyed around the world, 70% said they planned to spend the same or more on vacation travel in 2012 than last year, according to a report commissioned by Wyndham Hotel Group, the world's largest hotel company....
June 20, 2013 |
Expect more fireworks to light up the sky on the Fourth of July this year. An annual national survey from Visa on Independence Day found that people expected to spend $300 on the holiday, up nearly 60% from last year's $190. The number of Americans planning to make special purchases to celebrate the Fourth of July is also up. Last year 21% of respondents said they would not spend anything on the holiday; this year it was down to 12%. The amount varied from region to region across the U.S., according to the survey of 1,007 telephone interviews.
September 25, 2013 |
Screenwriters who once viewed television as inferior to the big screen increasingly are giving the small screen more props. That's one of the key takeaways from a survey by the Writers Guild of America, East, which polled about 20% of its 4,000 members who write for film, television and new media. Although more than half of the respondents said they wrote feature films in the last five years, nearly 90% said they intend to seek guild-covered work in television in the next year. "In other words, screenwriters plan to explore opportunities in TV," the guild said in a statement.
June 20, 2011 |
Perhaps you recall that McKinsey report a few weeks back saying that nearly a third of employers might drop healthcare benefits when the healthcare overhaul takes effect. The report itself was the subject of many headlines. Then came the reaction from the White House and other supporters of the overhaul. That garnered more headlines – and a demand for McKinsey to explain its methodology. Now it's McKinsey's turn again. In a statement Monday, McKinsey & Co. had this to say: "We stand by the integrity and methodology of the survey.