Monday Miscellany

* In a survey of new-car shoppers, 33 percent said they would only buy an American-made vehicle. Twelve percent said they’d only buy a Japanese model; 5 percent said they’d buy nothing but a German-brand vehicle. (Kelley Blue Book Marketing Research)
* Fifty-eight percent of a poll’s female respondents confessed that they “have clothes hanging in their closets with the tags still on them”; 51 percent said they “cling” to clothes that they haven’t worn in three or more years. (ShopSmart)
* Fewer than half of consumers surveyed (45 percent) haven’t cut back on trips to the mall. In an echo of Yogi Berra’s line about a restaurant nobody goes to anymore because “it’s too crowded,” 27 percent said they’re shunning malls due to the crowds. (WSL Strategic Retail)
* People who’ve relocated to a new home spend an average of 52 percent more on home decor/furnishings in the year of their move than do people who stayed put. But the movers spend 24 percent less than non-movers on apparel/accessories during that year. (Epsilon)
* Among households with income of $100,000-plus, 89 percent report having made some kind of donation to a non-profit organization in the previous 12 months. (Ipsos Mendelsohn)
* Americans spent more in 2007 on “museums, historical sites and similar institutions” ($13 billion) and performing-arts companies ($11.7 billion) than at bowling centers ($3.7 billion). Then again, they spent more at non-hotel casinos ($20.5 billion) than they did at any of those other venues. (Census Bureau)
* Despite the home-price swoon, 73 percent of respondents think buying a home is “the best investment most families can make.” (Rasmussen Reports)
* Seventy-five percent agree (40 percent “strongly”) that “I have become a much more cautious person in general as a result of the recent economic turmoil.” (Yankelovich Monitor Minute)