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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

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