Readers’ Choice: What’s Next?

Readers' Choice: What's Next?
53 percent of readers predicted Barack Obama will win the election

Though consumer spending has been healthy in the last part of this year, footwear execs are feeling uncertain about the road ahead and whether customers will pull back. Also fueling heated speculation is the upcoming — and endless — presidential election, which so far has inspired little optimism. However, readers noted there are several bright spots.

WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST CONCERN FOR 2012?
39%  Consumer spending
22%  Higher prices
21%  EU uncertainty
8%  Credit access
5%  Presidential election
4%  Tight inventories
2%  Other

WHO WILL MOST LIKELY WIN THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION?
53% said Barack Obama

THE TOP 5 BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES IN THE COMING YEAR:
1. Emerging markets
2. Internet
3. Mid-tier market
4. Comfort
5. Value Pricing