Pets to Feel Holiday Pinch

Research firm predicts expects less money to be spent on gifts for companion animals.

Posted: October 6, 2008, 5 a.m. EDT

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Nearly one out of three pets can expect fewer presents from their owners this coming holiday season, according to market research firm TNS Retail Forward, which provided detail on the upcoming holiday season Wednesday morning. The research firm in September forecast holiday sales growth of 1.5 percent, the weakest performance since 1991’s 1.2-percent growth.

The pet information, gleaned from the group’s ShopperScape September consumer survey, found that 18 percent of pet owners planned to spend much less on their pets this holiday season and 14 percent planned to spend somewhat less on their pets, compared to 2 percent that planned to spend much more and 6 percent that planned to spend somewhat more.

About 60 percent planned to spend about the same on their pets. About 44 percent of consumers polled in the survey typically give their pets gifts.

Overall, pets will fare worse than children and spouses, but better than friends and relatives outside the immediate family, the survey said. For example, 11 percent of respondents planned to spend somewhat more and about 25 percent planned to spend somewhat or much less on their children and spouses. Three percent planned to spend much more on their children and 2 percent planned to spend much more on their spouses or partners.

By comparison, fewer than one percent of consumers planned to give friends and non-immediate family much more, six percent planned to spend somewhat more and 40 percent planned to spend somewhat less (21 percent) or much less (19 percent).

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Jenny   New Oxford, PA

10/7/2008 2:52:20 PM

Although my dogs do get gifts for the holidays, I think once the excitement of getting the gift is over, all that really matters to our dogs is the fact that we spend quality time with them. It seems to me, that is more important than going out and spending any amount of money for a gift.

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stacy   Bel Air, MD

10/6/2008 9:04:35 AM

My dog always gets a lot and this year will be the same, I have the most fun shopping for her (I don't have any kids) she's been a good girl so nothing should change.

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bertha   san diego, CA

10/5/2008 7:54:28 PM

i will be giving my dog his regular presents, he has behave the same way and i don't think he should feel the pinch of our economics mistakes!

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bertha   san diego, CA

10/5/2008 7:54:17 PM

i will be giving my dog his regular presents, he has behave the same way and i don't think he should feel the pinch of our economics mistakes!

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