Hunkered Down Consumers (buyers included) are Beginning to Emerge after seeking shelter from the storm. Was it the 'perfect storm' as defined by Wikpedia... "the simultaneous occurrence of events which, taken individually, would be far less powerful than the storm resulting of their chance combination. Such occurrences are rare by their very nature, so that even a slight change in any one event contributing to the perfect storm would lessen its overall impact. Since the 2000 movie by the same name, the phrase has gained popularity and grown to mean any event where a combination of circumstances will aggravate a situation drastically."
It was the perfect storm. Many took shelter. Many were lost in the storm. Many were injured. Many more have survived, and are stronger for weathering the storm. The strong need to share, with the injured, the lessons of the storm. Others that survived, by pure luck, need to take lessons from the experience and from the strong. We need to do all we can to hopefully avoid another 'perfect storm', or at least be better prepared for it.
Consumers are emerging from the shelters as they get positive signs of recovery from the storm. The sun is shining again. Yes, we will have cloudy days, but it is time to move forward with our lives. It is the American Way.