Fall Preview: Five Key Consumer Gauges to Watch

Orgel, David
September 2008
SN: Supermarket News;9/1/2008, Vol. 56 Issue 35, p12
The article presents the author's comments on some key consumer and economic trends that may determine the future course of retail industry in the U.S. Supermarkets were hurt when consumers began switching to discounters and lower-priced merchandise. The pace of trading down needs to be watched. The author says that even those companies that bank on low-price leaders aren't immune from economic slowdown. According to the author, the biggest concern is the downtrend in spending behavior.


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