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2013 Q4 National Poll

Government Knocks Consumers Off Course The government shutdown and shaky launch...

2013 Q3 National Poll

Consumer Coming Out of Their Shells

Though still cautious, consumers are starting to spend more freely.


Consumables Day-to-day spending for food, clothing, and gas is consistent with last quarter and up from a year ago. Major Purchases Buying plans and active shopping are up sharply for travel (airfare, lodging) and up for electronics (computers, TVs). Consumers shift toward shopping for new cars, rather than used ones, this quarter. Active shopping for housing and furniture also improve.
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2013 Q2 National Poll


Consumers have some extra cash now, but might not part with it anytime soon.


Consumables In day-to-day shopping, consumers relaxed their restraints on spending for clothing, and also used gasoline more freely than a year ago. However, they curbed their spending for food this quarter. Major Purchases Although more consumers feel it is “a good time to make a major purchase” than a year ago (37%, up from 33%), there has been little change in purchase plans and shopping activity for most big-ticket products. There are modest gains for computers and large appliances compared to a year ago, and a seasonal increase in plans to purchase hotel/motel stays.