1. Private Equity Readies Portfolios for Margin Squeeze Portfolio company managers face a new threat to performance: supply chain inflation. Kurt Salmon estimates that apparel wholesalers and retailers can expect a 15% to 20% increase in total landed...
  2. Luxury Sales Expected to Remain Strong Luxury sales are expected to continue to increase into spring, according to Kurt Salmon’s Luxury Spending Trajectory. The proprietary index, which tracks high-income consumers’ intent...
  3. Restaurant Spending Dips Consumer intent to spend, which suggests softness in the months ahead, is proving again to be a good indicator of actual spending, according to Kurt Salmon’s proprietary analysis....
  4. Restaurant Sales Expected to Continue to Rise With consumer intentions to spend on the rise, restaurant sales should continue their seven-month climb through March, according to Kurt Salmon’s proprietary analysis. From October 2009,...
  5. New Year Brings Continued Restaurant Sales Growth Building on modest year-end growth, restaurant sales should continue to rise through February, according to Kurt Salmon’s proprietary analysis. While overall confidence is flat to down...
  6. Consumers: Dining Out (Just a Bit) More During Holidays Based on consumer intent to spend data, Kurt Salmon expects modest growth in restaurant sales through January 2011, continuing the growth trend that started in early summer....
  7. Discretionary Spending Pickup Drives Modest Holiday Growth While consumer confidence remains shaky, retail sales should see a modest increase through the holiday season, prodded by broadening growth in personal consumption, according to recent analysis by...
  8. Optimize the Customer Experience When Upgrading Your POS Today’s retail customers are more empowered than ever before. Their choices have proliferated and the notion of “if we build it, they will come” is no longer compelling. New...
  9. Consumers Not Settled into New Spending Norms Although consumers said they intended to spend less on dining out during September, actual restaurant spending increased for the month. While highly correlated over the past few years, the recent...
  10. Distinctive Chains See Impressive Growth Despite Downturn The fastest growing quick-service restaurants—measured as a combination of absolute dollar and percentage growth—provide diners with distinctive offerings. All have a clear...