Jittery consumers make nervous voters

Consumers have the jitters, with confidence showing a downturn since February as higher interest rates and rising inflation begin to bite, according to the latest consumer confidence index by Dublin market research company Behaviour & Attitudes.

22nd April, 2006

Consumers have the jitters, with confidence showing a downturn since February as higher interest rates and rising inflation begin to bite, according to the latest consumer confidence index by Dublin market research company Behaviour & Attitudes.

Although primarily produced as a business research tool, consumer confidence indices have become an integral part of all parties’ political intelligence, and they keep a close eye on the trends.

‘‘It’s a proxy political indicator,” said one prominent...

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