SOURCE: StockCall


January 19, 2011 08:12 ET

Equity Research on Western Union Co. and Regis Corp. -- Down Spending and Weather Hurt Personal Services Industry

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA--(Marketwire - January 19, 2011) - offers investors comprehensive research on the personal services industry and has completed analytical research on Western Union Co. (NYSE: WU) and Regis Corp. (NYSE: RGS). Register with us today at to have free access to these researches. 

The personal services industry which includes players like Western Union Co. and Regis Corp. is incredibly diversified but a few commonalities like consumer spending and weather affect all companies, regardless of the service they provide. Western Union Co. and Regis Corp. research reports are accessible for free by registering today at or is an online platform where investors doing their due-diligence on the personal services industry can have easy and free access to our analyst research and opinions on Western Union Co. and Regis Corp.; investors and shareholders of these companies can simply register for a complimentary membership at

A January decline in consumer spending is one such factor affecting the industry as a whole. It is not surprising to see a seasonal drop off in consumer spending at the beginning of the year following the holiday season. Average daily consumer spending on retail goods, restaurants, gas and online was $75 a day in December and fell to $55 a day for the beginning of January. What is surprising, however, is that last year spending only dropped from $72 to $68 in the same period of time. The $13 a day decline in year over year consumer spending in January is a definite cause for concern for the personal services industry. Register now at to have free access to our reports on the personal services industry.

Weather has also been a nagging problem for the industry of late. Blizzards, snowstorms and below average temperatures have been detrimental to businesses that rely on foot traffic. Logistical issues like power outages and office closings due to snowy roads have also hurt revenues in the past month. Visit to see how companies in this industry have grown over the past years and how they are expected to perform in the future.

Moving forward, the personal services industry could be in trouble for the beginning of 2011 if consumer spending does not pick up. On the positive side, warmer weather and less snow will benefit revenues in the coming months.

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