TrendWatch.com is one of your favorite places to find interesting (and quite accurate) consumer trends. They offer a free consumer trend brief for their blog followers, and this last December they offered a great post on the 12 most important consumer trends of 2012.
While it’s a bit old, it’s a fantastic read and we definitely recommend browsing through it and giving each of them a thought in relation to your own business.
You can find it here: https://www.trendwatching.com/trends/12trends2012/
BONUS: Also check out this great trend watch on Point-Know-Buy and smart phone purchasing trends: https://www.trendwatching.com/trends/pointknowbuy