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It’s the last Friday in July, wait, already?! Time to catch up with today’s major financial stories. See you in August!
The big takeaway: The US economy shrinks for the second consecutive quarter as it enters a technical recession
Real gross domestic product (GDP) fell 0.9% in the second quarter, according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA), following a 1.6% drop in the first quarter. This turn of events would technically mean that the economy is in recession. However, if we have has already entered recession or not depends on who you ask.
Business Highlight: How inflation could force Walmart to discount more items
During a year of historically high inflation, Walmart is going in the opposite direction by slashing prices on certain items. The retailer is expected to drop prices on clothing, electronics, toys and other general merchandise items.
This is scary: How to handle the impending candy shortage this Halloween
A Reuters report warned that Halloween 2022 could suffer a candy shortage due to supply chain issues, according to Hershey’s statements. And thanks to inflation, expect Halloween candy to be more expensive than ever this year.
Bonus: Has the pandemic hurt your credit score?
If your credit score has declined over the past two years, it might be tempting to blame the COVID-19 pandemic. But based on the available data, the pandemic might not have played such a big role.
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