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Taking the Pulse of Consumers


As the economy recovers, one question that preoccupies economists is how consumers view their own situation -- and the economy itself. That's the focus of this week's BusinessWeek Online Reader Survey -- which, as always, isn't scientific, since anyone who wishes to can participate. Still, we appreciate your taking a few seconds to let us know what your ground-level view is.

Have you altered your spending pattern over the past six months?

Yes

No

If so, have you tended to:

Spend more than usual

Spend less than usual

My spending hasn't changed

Have you made a major purchase, such as a car or house, over the past six months?

Yes

No

Over the next six months, do you expect to:

Spend more than usual

Spend less than usual

Keep spending at the same level as now

Not sure

Do you expect to make a major purchase, such as a car or house, over the next six months?

Yes

No

Not sure

How confident are you that the economy will continue to improve over the next six months?

Very confident

Somewhat confident

Not very confident

Not confident at all

Not sure

How confident are you that your personal financial situation will improve over the next six months?

Very confident

Somewhat confident

Not very confident

Not confident at all

Not sure

By when you do expect the economy -- including corporate profits -- to resume solid growth?

Late 2002

Early-to-mid 2003

Late 2003

2004

Don't know

By when you do expect your own income to resume solid growth?

Late 2002

Early-to-mid 2003

Late 2003

2004

Don't know


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