However, 63% of average consumers have been more cautious about their spending since 2002, according to a Pulse survey by WSL Strategic Retail, New York, NY. Though 25% of consumers have seen an improvement in their financial situation, only 39% have hope for improvement in family finances. Also 39% are driving less due to higher gas prices, up 22% from six months ago. WSL researchers said due to these constraints, shoppers are less impulsive, forcing retailers to develop more enticing displays and easier shopping experiences. More info: (717) 336-1600; Websites: www.unitymarketingonline.com and www.wslstrategicretail.com.