Surveys of Consumers

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May sentiment remains high amid partisanship

May 26th, 2017

ANN ARBOR—Consumer sentiment has continued to move along the high plateau established following Donald Trump’s election. The May 2017 figure was virtually unchanged from the April reading, and nearly identical with the December to May average of 97.3, according to…

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Consumer sentiment remains on high plateau in April

April 28th, 2017

ANN ARBOR—Consumer sentiment in April continued to travel on the high plateau established following Donald Trump’s election, with only minor deviations from its five-month average of 97.4, according to the University of Michigan (U-M) Surveys of Consumers. There is widespread…

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Partisanship Rules Consumer Sentiment in March

March 31st, 2017

ANN ARBOR—The continued strength in consumer sentiment has been due to optimistic views on three critical components: higher incomes and wealth, more favorable job prospects, and low inflation expectations. All of these factors, however, have been influenced by partisanship, according…

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Partisanship dominates consumer optimism in February

February 24th, 2017

ANN ARBOR—Although consumer confidence edged downward in February, the overall average in the past three months was the highest in more than a decade, according to the University of Michigan (U-M) Surveys of Consumers. Normally, the implication would be that…

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Consumer optimism surges in January amid partisanship

January 27th, 2017

ANN ARBOR—Consumers expressed a higher level of confidence in January than at any other time in the last dozen years. The post-election surge in confidence was driven by a more optimistic outlook for the economy and job growth during the…

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Consumer optimism surges in December

December 23rd, 2016

ANN ARBOR—As unexpected as Trump’s election, consumers expressed much more positive economic expectations following his victory. While the surge in confidence ended by mid-December, it nonetheless led to the highest level of the Sentiment Index since January 2004, according to…

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Consumer optimism surges after the presidential election

November 23rd, 2016

ANN ARBOR— The initial reaction of consumers to Donald J. Trump’s victory was to express greater optimism about their personal finances as well as improved prospects for the national economy, according to the University of Michigan (U-M) Surveys of Consumers.…

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Consumer outlook for 2017: U-M Surveys of Consumers

November 17th, 2016

ANN ARBOR—Will consumer confidence plunge or will it improve in the wake of Donald Trump’s election? An analysis of consumer sentiment data collected prior to the election provides mixed signals, according to economist Richard Curtin, director of the University of…

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Consumer expectations post slight decline in October

October 28th, 2016

ANN ARBOR—Consumers became a bit less optimistic about prospects for the economy in October but still maintained an optimistic outlook for their personal finances, according to the University of Michigan (U-M) Surveys of Consumers. Importantly, consumers anticipated that the inflation…

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September consumer confidence: Consumer expectations remain positive

September 30th, 2016

ANN ARBOR—Consumers became a bit more optimistic about prospects for the economy as well as their own personal finances in September, according to the University of Michigan (U-M) Surveys of Consumers. Consumer sentiment has remained at high levels throughout the…

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