AMERICAN CONSUMERS WILL NOT SPEND THE ECONOMY OUT OF RECESSION ANY TIME SOON: BRITT BEEMER NEW RESEARCH
Charleston, SC, May 10, 2010... Everyone wants the U.S. economy to roar back to solid growth, but are consumers behind a sustained surge? C. Britt Beemer CEO and Founder of America's Research Group (ARG) says a resounding "no", pointing to the responses from hesitant, budget conscious, and unenthusiastic heads of American families who were questioned in early May for a new Consumer Mind Reader(tm) survey by ARG and UBS.
"Families have little disposable income today," says Beemer, "and every day brings new problems that raise doubts and fears about the economy and their financial futures."
Despite that positive fact that retail sales are improving over last year, heads of families are extremely cautious in their shopping decisions. Here are some of the indicators from the survey that point to slow growth rather than the surge of consumer optimism needed for a strong recovery:
The ARG/UBS Consumer Mind Reader Survey consisted of 1,000 telephone interviews conducted Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, May 1 to 4, 2010, at ARG headquarters in Charleston, SC. The error factor is plus or minus 3.8%.
America's Research Group, one of the nation's foremost consumer research and strategic marketing firms, marked its 30th anniversary in 2009. CEO Britt Beemer is a key resource and advisor to leading brands and top retailers. He is author of The Customer Rules, published by McGraw-Hill.
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