Apparently a lot more than you realize.
Stores across the nation collect shopping data which highlights regional preferences and perhaps even upswings in the economy.
Detroit, one of the cities that was hit the hardest by the economic meltdown had a growth of 18% in luxury spending during the first quarter of 2010 compared to the first quarter of 2009.
But the Big Apple of New York is still in the doldrums as luxury spending was down 7.7%. Atlanta was the worst in the country, down at 18.2%.
Retailers track customers? spending habits and get a clear picture of what we are buying, the regional preferences, apparently all of the skinny girls ?size 0- live on the coast while the bigger size 12-typical American women live in the middle somewhere.
You can read the whole story here at Fashion Nation: What retailers know about us.
Kinda makes you want to give it all up and become a Freegan?well maybe not to that extreme?.but what about privacy?