This blog post was written by Emma Kandrac, BBB Serving Eastern MA, ME, RI & VT's Copywriter, and represents her opinions.BBB Serving Eastern MA, ME, RI & VT - There is nothing, and I mean NOTHING more important for businesses and people alike to keep up-to-date with than consumer purchase planning trends. I dare anyone who thinks otherwise to challenge me because I am very adamant on this. Why do I feel so strongly you might ask? Well, let me start off by saying it’s not just me… we’re talking about hundreds of thousands of people across Eastern Massachusetts, Maine, Rhode Island, and Vermont coming to BBB each month to check out a business before they make a purchase.So we took it among ourselves to take this data and put it all into an easy-to-read format. This free online service, BBB's Consumer Purchasing Planning Trends, is automatically updated monthly and indicates current purchasing trends for ten of the most popular industries:Automotive, Marine & AircraftBusiness to Business ServicesFinancialFoodHealth & Personal ImprovementHome Remodeling, Construction & MaintenanceManufacturers, Producers, Wholesalers & DistributorsRetailServicesTelemarketing & Prize PromotionsThis service also shows the percentage increase or decrease of each industry from the previous month along with the number of inquiries from people. In February 2018, the public inquired about businesses within the local BBB’s service area a total of 268,373 times! This BBB's Business Profiles for the ‘Services’ industry were accessed 80,164 times in February 2018, a -19.34% change from January 2018's 99,389 Inquiries.“BBB information is a leading economic indicator,” says Paula Fleming, spokesperson for the local BBB. “This is an invaluable service for businesses to see where people will be spending money.”People and business owners alike can also check out the purchase planning trends from the last six to thirty-six months - a great indicator for future purchases. This purchase planning information helps predict where people are thinking of spending their money on a monthly basis when they verify the credibility of a business with BBB. To take advantage of this feature or to learn more, visit bbb.org/boston/public/trends. Need help navigating? It’s simple - you can click on the industries on the left, click on the states at the top and click on the month ranges on the bottom for different chart views. For more information you can trust, visit bbb.org.