Tag Archives: credit crunch

understanding value

Like many other Planners I suspect, I’ve been pulling together a lot of insight pieces for work recently looking at the effect of the downturn economy on buying behaviour. Since it’s proper paid-for-by-my-employer stuff drawing on all the groups and depths the research team have been doing with mums recently, I can’t really share it […]
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we’re all doomed…right?

So, the economy is in free fall and we’re all doomed. Right? The quallies at work have been doing a lot of focus groups with Credit Crunched Mums recently. Apparently yes, Mums are being careful and trying to be more frugal – but a lot of them are doing so not because they are very […]
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Economic Indicators

Sorry to keep banging on about this (now apparently official) recession.  But a few things cropped up over the weekend that I thought were worth sharing. On the downside, over the last couple of days I’ve had reports of a restaurant where the takings are down 20% year on year, the hairdresser whose customers have […]
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When the going gets tough, its time to buy lipstick

I’m sure you’ve all read the ‘upsurge in sales for shoe repairers’ stories in the news suggesting that some sectors of the economy actually benefit from a downturn, in this case as people get their shoes repaired rather than splashing out on a new pair. There was also an interesting piece in the New York […]
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Big Thinking, Big Price Tag

I got an email today reminding me about the forthcoming APG Battle of Big Thinking.  It boasts an amazing line up of speakers and everyone I know who has been to a Big Thinking event before has raved about it. There’s just one problem – the cost.  Its not a good time to be asking […]
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Shopping but not buying

I went into Leeds yesterday to try and find a suitable uni-mate’s-imminent-wedding-outfit, a sartorial minefield if ever there was one. The city centre was absolutely heaving – queues to get into the cars parks, lines 10 deep at every Starbucks/Costa Coffee/Café Nero, massive hold-ups at the changing rooms and an audience gathered four deep around […]
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Worried? You should be.

Worried about the economy or think its all a lot of hot air?  A couple of months ago I would have said that we were in danger of talking ourselves into a recession, now I think its clear that we are in for one whether we like it or not: Manufacturing output fell for the […]
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