Online retail sales climbed 7.5 percent in December from the prior year, and mobile devices drove about 15 percent of all online shopping sessions, up from less than 6 percent a year ago, IBM reported in a news release.
About one in five households surveyed in December 2011 said they believed their financial situation would improve by June, compared with 27 percent who said the same the prior January, the Harris Poll reported.
Changing diets combined with smaller budgets has spurred a 13 percent drop in U.S. per capita beef consumption during the past decade to 57 pounds, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture is predicting further declines in 2012, Reuters said.
Americans' sense of fairness and their differing opinions on the types of foods to eat are two of six trends identified in Leo Burnett Chicago’s "HumanKind 2012: The Transformation of Aspiration" study.
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