Trends & forecasting

What’s in store for the holidays?

November 14, 2017

It’s again the time of the year when retailers are eager for the attention and wallet share of holiday shoppers. And the stakes are high: With rebounding household incomes and strong consumer confidence, consumers are projected to churn out a total of $678.75 billion to $682 billion this year …

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The home is (still) where it’s at

October 23, 2017

Ah, the home. A place to relax. A place to connect. A place to entertain. A place to do the things you want to do. Regardless of what image comes to mind when we think about our own homes, the home still is a critical part of the backbone that drives consumer behaviors. And with cooler months …

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Consumers are stressed, but confident: Surprising results from our Mood of the World 2017 study

“I read the news today, oh boy”, John Lennon wrote this in 1967, but it seems every more appropriate today.  The news alert goes off on your mobile, and you think – what has happened now?  Terrorism?  Natural disaster?  North Korea?  Do you wonder how this seemingly constant barrage of …

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