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Top 10 Surveys, Polls, and Market Research Insights for Today

Here is a list of the some key surveys, polls, studies and market research reports that came out today, which may have implications for consumers and/or businesses.

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Playing the Long Game in $49 trillion Global Asset Management - BCG Report

The value of global professionally managed assets — those for which a management fee is paid — grew by around 15% to $49.1 trillion in 2005, with capital inflows driven largely by growth in Europe and Asia, according to a new report by The Boston Consulting Group (BCG). 

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Quarterly Profits at Manufacturing Corporations Jump to $124.3 billion

Seasonally adjusted after-tax profits of U.S. manufacturing corporations totaled $124.3 billion in the third quarter 2006, the U.S. Census Bureau reported. Third quarter 2006 after-tax profits were up $7.3 billion from the $117.1 billion recorded in the previous quarter. 

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Economic Indicators for Today: Retail Sales, Business Inventories

November Retail Sales up 1%:

U.S. retail and food services sales for November increased 1% from the previous month to $368.9 billion, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Retail sales are up 5.6% from an year ago period in November 2005. Total sales for the September through November 2006 period were up 5.3% from the same period a year ago. 

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Forrester: iTunes Sales Fell 65%; Analysts Disagree

Since January 2006 the number of monthly iTunes transactions has declined 58%, while the average size per purchase declined by 17%, leading to a 65% overall drop in monthly iTunes revenue, according to Forrester Research survey among North American consumers.

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IDC Survey: Americans Complain Mobile Data Services Too Expensive

Americans are big spenders of entertainment content and services for consumer electronics, but they show less enthusiasm for purchasing mobile phone entertainment services, according to an IDC survey.  72.5% of respondents did not use any data services outside of messaging in the third quarter of 2006.

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Asia Pacific Private Equity Deals Tripled in 2006 

The value of private equity deals in Asia Pacific, excluding Japan, has more than tripled this year to $26 billion from $7 billion in 2006, driven by billion-dollar investments in Australia and China, market data firm Dealogic reported. 

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Text Messaging Traffic to Double to 2.3 trillion Messages by 2010

Text messages sent to and from mobile phones will more than double over the next five years to 2.3 trillion messages by 2010, according to a Gartner survey. Some 936 billion SMS (short message service) messages were transmitted in 2005.  Total revenues from text messaging is forecast to grow to $72.5 billion in 2010 from $39.5 billion in 2005.

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Indians Most Optimistic Consumers Worldwide - ACNielsen Survey

Benefiting from a booming economy, Indians are the world's most optimistic consumers, while Japanese remain most cautious, according to a survey by market researcher ACNielsen.  

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Gray Gamer Study Shows Baby Boomers Want Tech Toys

Forget fruitcake or silk flowers for the holidays... 52% of grandparents and 68% of baby boomers who celebrate the holidays would be excited to receive a technology product as a gift this holiday season, according to a new survey conducted by Harris Interactive and commissioned by Nintendo of America. 

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78% of U.S. Internet Users Connect via Broadband; Top 10 Sticky Sites

Some 78% of U.S. active home Web users are connected via broadband at home during the month of November, up 13 percentage points from the 65% of active Web users a year ago, according to Nielsen//NetRatings. Web sites for online gaming, instant messaging, e-mail and social networking made the top 10 list when ranked by average time per person among broadband users at home. 

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Top 10 Key Business Trends Data Points for Today

Listed below are the top 10 business trends data points for today, culled from the most authoritative business news and data sources. Today's trend data points to IBM's Second Life, Yahoo/IBM Search for Enterprise Gold, iTunes slows,  broadband expands, Small cars, holiday sales and improvement in Federal deficit. 

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