Consumers Seen Emerging Slowly From Hard Times

The consumer's rebound from economic recession will not be a fast process, asserted speakers at the recent Food Marketing Institute Midwinter Executive Conference here. The American consumer will come back, but more judiciously than before the downturn, said Dr. Martin Regalia, senior vice president and chief economist, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, in a presentation. He pointed to the labor

ORLANDO, Fla. — The consumer's rebound from economic recession will not be a fast process, asserted speakers at the recent Food Marketing Institute Midwinter Executive Conference here.

“The American consumer will come back, but more judiciously than before the downturn,” said Dr. Martin Regalia, senior vice president and chief economist, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, in a presentation.

He pointed to the labor market as a key indicator of where the consumer will be headed, b

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