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2015 Trends to Track: Healthier employment and consumer spending ahead

I chose to supplement my blog with the 6th Installment of Shopping Center Today’s series of 2015 Trends to Track. Click here to read the article.

While most Chicagoans despise this time of the year because of the frigid temperatures, the lengthy commutes and constant snow storms, I have slowly begun to see the importance of each New Year.  Most of us like to start each New Year with changes and goals in our personal lives, even though those New Years resolutions of eating healthier and working out more have already faded away in the brisk Chicago wind. I like the New Year because it allows us as professionals to take a step back and analyze what happened last year, but more importantly look ahead to what is projected to come.

2014 ended as a pivotal year for job growth and vastly improved our nations economy, and things look even more promising when looking at 2015. Aside from the job growth, which still appears to be on the rise, it is impossible not to notice the major difference in gas prices we are seeing now vs early 2014. While we are all excited to save money at the pump each week, all of us in the retail world should be even more excited by the extra consumer spending money. Our weekly forecasts may look cold and gloomy over the next couple months, but the forecast for 2015 is sunny.

Stephen M. Ansani | Associate
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