Thursday, July 2, 2009

(MY036) Singaporeans are spending again

SINGAPORE, July 2 — Singaporeans are getting more optimistic about the future, with fewer planning to cut back on their spending, a survey has shown.

The latest MasterCard Worldwide survey on the purchasing priorities of 401 consumers here found 41 per cent would cut back on discretionary spending in the next six months.

This was in contrast to the previous survey conducted in September last year — when the world financial system began its plunge — which found 64 per cent were going to spend less over a one-year period.

Priorities have shifted a little too.

Singaporeans are still making dining and entertainment a top priority.

However, in second place, perhaps reflecting the effect of retailers' price-slashing, is fashion and accessories, replacing fitness and wellness.

Personal travel remained in third place.

The melting of unease is somewhat in line with recent economic data from the Department of Statistics, which showed that Singaporeans have started spending more on smaller-ticket items such as food and clothes.

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