Credit crunch yet to hit holiday plans, says latest report

Three quarters of consumers are refusing to let credit crunch reports dampen their holiday spirit,  a report from e-commerce supplier Avail Intelligence has suggested. 

A total of 57% of 250 people surveyed said their holiday plans would not change because of the economic downturn. Nearly a quarter (17%) admitted they would increase their holiday spending this year.

The survey  found that very few consumers are cutting down on luxury spending. Only 17% on average indicated that they would spend less on items including holidays, books, CDs, home electronics and fashion.

However, more fundamental issues like interest rates and food prices continue to worry consumers, with just under half of respondents expressing concern.

Avail Intelligence chief executive Rolf Elmer said: “There’s been so much speculation about consumer spending and the credit crunch – so it’s interesting to see that luxury items are still such a priority.  However, more basic issues like rates and food prices – and more recently energy bills – have inevitably affected consumer confidence.”


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