US, Japan consumer spend falls, deflation threatens Eurozone
1st September 2014 by

We are now two-thirds of the way through 2014, and critical decisions are looming for companies and ...

Oil consumption growth has slowed as prices have stayed high
16th July 2014 by

As promised yesterday, the blog looks today at the impact of today’s high prices on oil consu...

“None so blind, as those that will not see?”
2nd June 2014 by

Every now and then, the blog scratches its head and wonders, “what would it take to convince ...

Consumer demand patterns change as Boomers return to cities
9th May 2014 by

The ageing BabyBoomers are now leaving the suburbs in large numbers, and moving back to the cities, ...

“US population is aging: older people tend to consume and spend less”
15th April 2014 by

Its not just the UK that is seeing an earthquake taking place in consumer demand patterns, as the bl...

A New Year resolution
1st January 2014 by

Do you recognise any of these women?  Pictured in an excellent Financial Times article they are (l...

Benzene challenges financial markets’ rosy view of the outlook
21st October 2013 by

This is Budget week, when the blog prepares to present its Budget Outlook for 2014-16.  On Saturday...

Markets in wait-and-see mode as holiday season arrives
12th August 2013 by

Markets have moved into summer holiday mode in recent weeks whilst they wait for a new direction, a...

US consumer sentiment confirms Boom/Gloom Index weakness
18th June 2013 by

It is now 4 years since the blog launched its IeC Boom/Gloom Index, as a way of measuring the differ...

US job numbers still below 2008 levels
8th August 2012 by

The US jobs market remains very fragile. That seems to be the key message from last week’s mon...

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