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Our Outlook for Consumer Stocks

Volatile spending trends are likely here to stay against an uncertain economic backdrop.

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  • Consumer packaged goods firms seek ways to contend with deflationary pressures, rising input costs, and pervasive competition
     
  • Cable networks and Google remain well-positioned in an ever-changing media landscape
     
  • Promotional activity and difficult comparisons imply only modest top-line growth for retailers, putting merchandise margins at risk

R.J. Hottovy does not own (actual or beneficial) shares in any of the securities mentioned above. Find out about Morningstar’s editorial policies.