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Is the ‘revenge spending’ phenomenon over?

We discuss the latest trends in consumer spending with the University of Houston’s Barbara Stewart.


According to UH’s Barbara Stewart, online sales are up, with companies like Walmart experiencing a 20% boost.


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According to recent economic trends, the so-called "revenge spending" phenomenon that took hold as the world climbed out from under the pandemic may be on its last legs. Or is it? Consumers are still spending money, but maybe not so much on those big trips that were popular over the last year or two.

We're fond on this show of noticing such trends and then asking, yeah, but what about here in Houston? I mean, do you need more incentive than the last 346,000 days of extreme heat to hit the road? (We might be exaggerating on the number of days a bit.)

In the above audio, we discuss our current economic forecast with Barbara Stewart, chair of the Human Development and Consumer Sciences Department at the University of Houston.

Troy Schulze

Troy Schulze

Producer, Houston Matters

Troy Schulze is a producer for Houston Matters. He also produces the podcast Party Politics and the digital video series Skyline Sessions. Schulze has been working as a writer and producer in digital media for over 20 years. He has received three Emmy nominations for his work on the TV...

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