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Accenture: Half of U.S. Consumers Intend to Purchase Luxury Products in Next Six Months

By Rob Starr, Content Manager, Big4com

According to new research from Accenture (NYSE: ACN), Half of U.S. consumers are likely to make a small luxury purchase in the next six months, including 53 percent who are likely to purchase specialty food or drinks, 48 percent to purchase luxury clothing and 48 percent to purchase luxury personal care products.

“As consumers show an increasing willingness to splurge on luxury, retailers and brands can build loyalty by offering a strategic selection of smaller-ticket luxury items to complement their more significant products,” said Tom Jacobson, managing director of the Accenture Pricing & Profit Optimization practice. “Consumers want a taste of luxury in their everyday lives, and are willing to spend a little extra for the experience, but the emphasis is on small items. They may think twice about purchasing a new handbag, but shop for a wallet as an alternative.”

The study also found that showrooming, or viewing a product in a store and then going online to make the purchase, plays an important role in luxury purchases. In the past six months, one in five consumers visited a store to experience a luxury product in person and then purchased the product online.
Additionally, the study found that having access to special deals and bargains through group membership shopping sites has invited more luxury purchases. Among the 23 percent of consumers who have bought luxury goods and services from an online group that offers exclusive discounts to members, 58 percent say these sites have increased their luxury spending.
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