Study Says We're Done Being Stingy & It's Time For A Crazy Nationwide Spending Spree

Study Says We're Done Being Stingy & It's Time For A Crazy Nationwide Spending Spree

Have your fingers unfurled from their tight grasp on those pennies you’ve been pinching? A new report seems to indicate as much, finding that we’re all plain sick of being stingy after years of recession scrimping and dollar-watching behavior. The research says we’re done avoiding restaurants, driving around used clunkers and staying put where we live. [More]

Survey: U.S. Consumers Are Feeling Pretty Darn Optimistic Right About Now

Survey: U.S. Consumers Are Feeling Pretty Darn Optimistic Right About Now

We’re all a bunch of optimistic Spendy McSpendersons lately, according to a new survey that says consumer sentiment is remaining high in the new year. As more jobs are being created, consumers have lifted their collective spirits for the fifth consecutive month. [More]

Consumer Sentiment Index Hits 20-Month Low

Consumer Sentiment Index Hits 20-Month Low

Our corporate cousins at Consumer Reports have released their monthly index of overall consumer sentiment, and it looks like all the worrying about the debt ceiling has caused the sharpest month-to-month drop in the index in two years and the lowest result since December 2009. [More]

America: Eyes Wide Open, Wallet Half Shut

America: Eyes Wide Open, Wallet Half Shut

Like a tempered blade, America has passed through the fires of recession and emerged stronger and sharper, albeit with some pieces of itself permanently oxidized. What is on our minds? How do we feel and how are we acting in the new economy? Researchers at Communispace surveyed more than 1,200 U.S. consumers, spoke with 694 online community members, and came up with some very interesting results and insights. Here they are, in chunky infographic form: [More]

What Cheer? Consumers More Glum Than Ever

What Cheer? Consumers More Glum Than Ever

Retailers have been hoping that we’d enter the annual Festival of Shopping with higher spirits than last year, but it looks like that might not happen after all. The Reuters/University of Michigan consumer sentiment index was updated today, and it shows a drop to 66.0, “well below October’s reading of 70.6 and a sharp reversal of the 71.0 figure economists had expected.”