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 …

Bizarre Week: Wall Street Takes a Dive

Weekly Initial Unemployment Claims exceeded levels of the corresponding week in the previous year for the first time in two years. Yet the non-farm payrolls numbers grew by a healthy 244,000. The bizarre contradictions were emphasized by sharp drops in commodities, smaller declines in stocks, and disappointing reports on productivity and from the ISM non-manufcturing survey.