By  on October 24, 2012

Consumers will balance a shift towards thrift with generally better feelings about the economy and their own financial prospects, ac- cording to two surveys on holiday spending re- leased wednesday.

The studies, from Deloitte and Accenture, carry mixed messages for retailers hoping to capi- talize on their biggest selling opportunities of the year. both indicate a greater sense of security among consumers about issues ranging from per- sonal finances to the nation’s economy while sug- gesting a stubborn attachment to shopping for dis- counts and, increasingly, using the tools of tablet and smartphone technology to get the best deals.

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