Monday, April 17, 2006

High Gas Prices Affect Budgets Less This Year (click on the chart to enlarge it)

With AAA reporting that pump prices have climbed more than $0.40/gallon since last year, and analysts expecting a summer price hike, how are consumers continuing to cope with this potentially budget-busting situation? Although one-third (32.3%) said gas prices were having no major impact last month, 27.1% say the same in April. Year-over-year, though, it looks as though pump prices are affecting budgets slightly less in '06.

What's Hot and What's Not
Gardening is what's hot this month (55.7% say so).

Game show Deal or No Deal, ever-present American Idol, and organic foods follow.
Fashion-wise, tiered peasant skirts are a hit with almost half of women, while espadrilles and skinny jeans appeal to about one in four of the fairer gender.
What's Not?
Grey's Anatomy's Patrick Dempsey, so perhaps he's not so McDreamy after all.

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