Chrysler to Introduce New Full-Size SUV Next Year
Solar-Powered Biodiesel Pump

Fluctuating Gas Prices Taking a Bigger Bite Out of US Retail

A new study for the National Retail Federation by BIGresearch found that fluctuating gas prices have affected the retail spending of 66.2% of consumers, or 145.3 million Americans, up from 56.8% percent in 2004. Despite a recent drop in gas prices, the report says, consumers continue to alter their spending to compensate for high numbers at the pump.

While shoppers seem to be getting over the initial sticker shock, gas prices have taken a long-term toll on consumers, many of whom have had to adjust their spending to compensate for the increases. Every penny spent on gasoline is a penny kept from retailers, so this is also a very real problem for our industry.

—Tracy Mullin, NRF President and CEO


According to the NRF 2005 Gas Prices Consumer Intentions and Actions Survey:

  • 31.2% of consumers have decreased vacation or travel plans

  • 25.2% have been dining out less frequently

  • 23.7% spending less on clothing

  • 17.3% spending less on groceries

  • 16.4% (35.9 million consumers) have delayed purchases of cars and furniture as a result of higher gas prices, but only 5.7% increased carpooling


The comments to this entry are closed.