Consumers: Past, Present and Future

by Rick Davis, Consumer Metrics Institute Click on graph for larger image of calendar year 2012 chart. When we last looked back at our data for US consumer behavior for the end of 2012, we included comments on two phenomena directly visible in our data:

Holiday Consumer Activities

by Rick Davis, Consumer Metrics Institute Earlier we presented a chart that attempted to quantify the impact of Hurricane Sandy and the presidential election on the shopping behavior of American consumers. We did that by comparing this year’s behavior with what we had observed during a comparable time period in 2008. As we have continued …

2Q 2012 GDP: Economy Slowing

by Rick Davis In their first estimate of the second quarter 2012 GDP, the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) found that the annualized rate of U.S. domestic economic growth was 1.54%, down nearly a half percent from the (revised) 1.97% for the prior quarter and down over two and a half percent from the (revised) …

1Q 2012 GDP: Minor Changes in Third Estimate

by Rick Davis In their third estimate of the first quarter 2012 GDP, the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) left the annualized rate of U.S. domestic economic growth unchanged at 1.88%, which is still more than a percent below the growth rate for the fourth quarter of 2011. This revision to the prior month’s report …