Consumers give high marks to food and Heinz
The overall ACSI, a predictor of future consumer spending, increased 0.1 percent to 73.2 in the quarter, with increases in food, beer and cigarettes offsetting declines in athletic shoes and pet food.
Food continued to be one of the most stable and high-scoring industries in the index. H.J. Heinz is the top-scoring company, followed by Quaker Foods, Hershey and ConAgra.