NEW YORK — Wealthy consumers appear to have adopted a penny-saved, penny-earned mentality, according to WSL Strategic Retail’s survey of shoppers. Those with incomes of more than $100,000 are reining in spending, especially when it comes to relatively inexpensive items such as CDs, take-out foods and specialty coffees. The thinking is that savings on popular items will leave more discretionary income for expensive purchases.

“Even the wealthiest consumers are looking at almost any price point and saying, ‘Do I really need this?’” said Wendy Leibmann, president of WSL. The other criteria is whether there’s anything new and interesting in a product category. If the answer is “no,” consumers aren’t buying.

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