Figuratively Speaking by John MacIntyre

Figuratively Speaking For December 02, 2012

Despite all the appliances and gadgets designed to make meal preparation convenient, percentage of respondents who still spend between 31 minutes to an hour preparing dinner each night, according to a survey fielded by ORC International: 59

Percentage of Americans who are likely to buy fast food for their family after a stressful day: 39

If they had to eat the same style of food two nights in a row, percentage of respondents who said they would choose Italian: 32

Source: Olive Garden.

Percentage of Americans who visited or planned to visit malls or big box retailers on Black Friday, according to a study by Wayfair.com: 20

Percentage of Americans who will spend less than two hours on the couch this Thanksgiving: 70

Percentage of people who did not have any time at all on the couch because they were in the kitchen most of the day: 30

Source: Wayfair.com.

Percentage of all marketers who are anticipating 2012 sales to be higher or much higher than in 2011, according to a study by Experian Marketing Services: 66

Source: Experian Public Relations.

Percentage of women who say they start shopping on Black Friday, according to a Women & Co./Real Simple Survey: 11

Percentage of women who start their holiday shopping before Thanksgiving: 41

Percentage who shop all year long for the holidays: 22

Source: Women & Co.

Percentage of consumers who consider re-gifting to be thrifty, according to a ShopAtHome.com Survey: 63

Percentage who consider re-gifting to be tacky: 37

Rank of Tennessee on the list of states for refusing to re-gift, with almost 71 percent of respondents viewing it as tacky: 1

Rank of Washington state on the list of top re-gifting states, where 93 percent of respondents view it as thrifty: 1

Source: ShopAtHome.com.

Percentage of mobile shoppers who will download new shopping apps for the holiday season, according to PriceGrabber.com's latest survey: 32

Percentage who plan to download price-check apps with the ability to scan bar codes: 63

Source: PriceGrabber.com.

Year that there was good news for the hard of hearing, as Miller Reese Hutchinson of New York patented the first portable electric hearing aid, the "acousticon" -- a smaller version of previous tabletop units, according to the U.S. Census Bureau: 1901

Annual value of the business of making medical equipment and supplies in the U.S.: $79 billion

Source: U.S. Census Bureau.

Percentage of consumers who spend more than two hours per week shopping online who have canceled an order due to an error or slow response time, according to a survey by Monitis: 56

Percentage of these consumers who say that they would abandon their chosen online vendor if they found a faster competitor: 86

Source: Monitis.

Percentage of workers who described the morale at their companies as very good, according to an Accountemps survey: 39

Percentage of people who said workplace morale is somewhat good: 42

Source: Accountemps.

Of the vast majority of Americans who decorate for the holidays, percentage who will spend more money on decorations for the December holidays than on Halloween or Thanksgiving, according to a survey conducted by RetailMeNot and The Omnibus Company: 86

Average amount of money consumers spend on holiday decorations from October through December for everything from cornucopia centerpieces to Christmas trees: $284

Source: RetailMeNot.com.

Idle Thought

"The trees that are slow to grow bear the best fruit." -- Moliere, playwright (1622-1673)

(Readers can contact John MacIntyre at johnmacintyre(at)bwr.eastlink.ca.)