Orlando, Fla. - If the Starbucks coffee didn't wake up delegates who attended the early morning economist roundtable at Information Management Network's ABS East conference held here last week, then the lively interaction between panelists and their optimistic economic outlooks certainly did.

General economic pressures such as high gasoline prices, a slowdown in the housing market and a tight labor market, are putting the squeeze on consumers, resulting in lingering effects for years to come. With a tight labor market poised for growing unemployment, consumers might become more entrenched with their spending.

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