Sur­vey points to lack­lus­tre Christ­mas spend­ing

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

THE Novem­ber West­pac- Mel­bourne In­sti­tute Con­sumer Sen­ti­ment sur­vey in­cluded an ad­di­tional ques­tion on plans for spend­ing on Christ­mas. The re­sults show con­sumers are again look­ing to re­strain spend­ing de­spite the re­cent strength­en­ing in sen­ti­ment over­all. Just over 35 per cent said they in­tended to spend less than last year; 51 per cent were plan­ning to spend the same and 14 per cent would be spend more. That is lit­tle changed from 2012’s 35:52:13 per cent split, and both 2011 and 2010 when the split was 34:54:12 per cent. The mix is iden­ti­cal to 2009. All of th­ese years were lack­lus­tre Christ­mases for re­tail­ers. Over­all, the 2013 read­ing points to another flat Christ­mas. But there are some dif­fer­ences across states and dif­fer­ent parts of the pop­u­la­tion. Con­sumers in NSW are plan­ning a much less re­strained Christ­mas spend com­pared to the last four years.

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