Remember, 70% of U.S. GDP is consumer spending. While our politicians might tell us different, 2012 is shaping up to be a very weak year for the economy.
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New York, NY (PRWEB) March 05, 2012
There is a general theme of weak consumer confidence, rising commodity costs, and inflation, according to Michael Lombardi, lead contributor to Profit Confidential. In his recent article, World’s Largest Retailer, World’s Largest Food Maker: What They are Telling Us About the Economy, Lombardi states that the consumer is struggling and that the financial results of companies such as Wal-Mart are a reflection of falling consumer confidence and demand.
“Even Wal-Mart noted that consumers are worried about rising food costs and rising energy prices,” says Lombardi.
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. reported its quarterly earnings, missing Wall Street estimates because its price-cutting strategy reduced margins. Lombardi says that Wal-Mart’s typical customer is the low-income shopper, who is not exhibiting much consumer confidence right now.
“Wal-Mart is focused on reducing its costs, like pulling more greeters from the entrances. This is because the company does not see an ability to raise its prices in 2012, as consumer confidence struggles,” says Lombardi. “With the unemployment rate high, job security uncertain, and food and energy costs rising, consumer confidence is nowhere to be found.”
The challenge, according to Lombardi, becomes maintaining or lowering customer prices, while Wal-Mart’s input costs rise as the cost of commodities rises. While Wal-Mart hopes that commodity prices will remain relatively stable in 2012, Lombardi notes that, if central banks around the world continue to print, this may not be possible.
“Remember, 70% of U.S. GDP is consumer spending. While our politicians might tell us different, 2012 is shaping up to be a very weak year for the economy,” says Lombardi.
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Michael Lombardi, MBA, the lead Profit Confidential editorial contributor, has just released his most recent update of Critical Warning Number Six, a breakthrough video with Lombardi’s current predictions for the U.S. economy, stock market, U.S. dollar, euro, interest rates and inflation. To see the video, visit http://www.profitconfidential.com/critical-warning-number-six.