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The Tchotchke Index Tracks Location-Based Entertainment Spending

American’s spending on tchotchkes—trinkets, junk, yard sale finds, gift shop items, home decor trinkets and other decorative items for the home—is an excellent measure of their impulse spending . . . Continue reading

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Evidence of Continuing Long-Term Decline in Marriages & Births

Now along comes research published three days ago . . . that finds that these two trends will continue long into the future. Continue reading

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Is AMC Bowling’s bankruptcy the harbinger of the death of bowling?

On November 13th, AMF Bowling Worldwide, Inc., the world’s largest operator of some 262 bowling alleys in the U.S. and Mexico, filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy protection. The company will continue to operate while it tries to reorganize by restructuring … Continue reading

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Household Spending On Trips for Entertainment, Restaurants and Sporting Events

Consumers’ spending on trips for restaurants, entertainment and admissions to sporting events has been on a long term decline. Liquor spending on trips has been on a decline since 2006. Read the blog for more details Continue reading

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Out-of-home entertainment spending continues to decrease

Decreases in out-of-home entertainment spending since the start of the recession are only part of a longer term trend. Continue reading

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Household Spending for Out-of-Home Entertainment and Restaurants Seriously Declined in 2010

Household out-of-home entertainment and restaurant spending saw a serious decline in 2010. Continue reading

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Are restaurants reaching equilibrium of supply and demand?

Restaurant expenditures are on a long-term decline versus reports to the contrary. However, the population per restaurant is on the increase. Continue reading

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The importance of both value and values

The Great Recession has definitely made the consumer far more value conscious in their purchasing decisions. Today value means far more than the price, it means what you get for the price you pay. Often the less expensive items don’t … Continue reading

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The economic recovery is coming. Also believe in the Tooth Fairy?

The press and media are rampant with articles that, in one form or another, talk about or refer to a recovery from the Great Recession. There will not be a recovery. I’ll say it again. There will not be a … Continue reading

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