May 17, 2017

Survey: More CT residents vacationing out of state

More Connecticut residents are planning to vacation out of state this year, according to a consumer confidence survey conducted by InformCT, a nonprofit that's affiliated with the Connecticut Economic Resource Center.

InformCT's seventh quarterly survey, which polled 505 residents, found that 78 percent intend to leave the state for a vacation this season. That percentage is the highest since the survey began in the first quarter of 2015.

It's also 14 percentage points higher than the first-quarter survey last year.

InformCT said the survey shows residents' growing confidence in their personal finances.

In the recent survey, 9 percent said they felt "much better off." That tied an all-time high from the second-quarter survey last year.

More than half of respondents (64 percent) said online consumer goods comprise less than one-quarter of their total consumer goods spending in an average month, compared to brick-and-mortar purchases.

Online shoppers said they were most likely to buy clothing (41 percent) followed by electronics (25 percent).

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