Things We Want, and Don't, in Odd Recession

Hard-times staples fall by the wayside
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Jul 22, 2009 11:04 AM CDT
A shot from the film "Up." Movies are doing well this year.   (AP Photo/Disney/Pixar)
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(Newser) – The current economic crisis is breaking the recessionary mold, Time reports, with American purchases running counter to expectations. A few surprises:

  • Soup isn’t selling. Typically, the cheap, decent food is a recession staple, but health concerns and rising prices may be driving us away from it.
  • Organic food sales are growing. Despite the costs, consumers want to do right by their bodies “perhaps to feel better about themselves,” writes Dan Kadlec.

  • Everybody’s going to the movies. Audiences have climbed 9%. Maybe it’s because a film can be a cheap night out, or maybe the crop of flicks is just good this year.
  • Nail salons are breaking. They’re usually a “recession stalwart”—but this year, revenues have plummeted 25%.
  • Sex isn’t so hot, it seems. Contraceptive sales are down and the birth rate’s flat or down. Could it be too much stress?