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Our Outlook for Consumer Stocks

The soft consumer situation is slowly improving, but we're bracing for mediocrity.

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  • Deflationary pressures in consumer packaged goods are abating, but competition is still running high.
     
  • In media, advertising spending continues to improve and, as usual, content is still king in the entertainment world.
     
  • The second half of 2010 in retail will likely be weaker than the first half as difficult comps approach and soft income growth lingers.

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