Surveys of Consumers

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Consumer sentiment: Record current finances clouded by trade uncertainties

March 29th, 2018

ANN ARBOR—The Consumer Sentiment Index reached the highest level since 2004, and the Current Conditions Index set a new peak, dating back to the mid-1940s, according to the University of Michigan Surveys of Consumers. Importantly, all of the March gain…

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Jobs, wages, higher after-tax pay keeps consumer confidence high

March 2nd, 2018

ANN ARBOR—Consumer sentiment has remained at very favorable levels for more than a year. In the February survey, it was just below the October 2017 peak of 100.7, the highest level since 2004, according to the University of Michigan Surveys…

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Tax reform, stock prices keep confidence high

February 2nd, 2018

ANN ARBOR—Consumer sentiment has remained largely unchanged for more than a year at very favorable levels, according to the University of Michigan Surveys of Consumers. The January Sentiment figure was just 0.2 Index-points below December’s, and just 1.1 points below…

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Consumers judge 2017 the best year since 2000

December 22nd, 2017

ANN ARBOR—Consumer confidence continued to slowly sink in December, with most of the decline among lower income households, according to the University of Michigan Surveys of Consumers. The extent of the decline was minor, with the December figure just below…

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Consumers more certain about positive prospects

November 22nd, 2017

ANN ARBOR—Consumer sentiment was slightly below last month’s decade high, but has remained in the narrow positive range it has traveled since the start of the year, according to the University of Michigan Surveys of Consumers. What has recently changed…

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Surge in consumer confidence

October 27th, 2017

ANN ARBOR—Consumer sentiment surged in October, reaching its highest level since the start of 2004, according to the University of Michigan Surveys of Consumers. This was only the second time that the Sentiment Index was above 100.0 since the end…

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Consumers demonstrate resilience

September 29th, 2017

ANN ARBOR—Consumer sentiment slipped in September due to the expected impact of the hurricanes on the economy and on gas prices. Importantly, the impact was quite small and has already begun to fade, according to the University of Michigan Surveys of…

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U-M Surveys of Consumers: Improved personal finances

September 1st, 2017

ANN ARBOR—Consumer sentiment has remained largely unchanged at very favorable levels since the start of 2017, according to the University of Michigan Surveys of Consumers. The Sentiment Index has been higher during the first eight months of 2017 than in…

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Consumer sentiment lower but still favorable

July 28th, 2017

ANN ARBOR—Consumer sentiment continued to slowly fall in the July survey, although the overall level still remains quite favorable, according to the University of Michigan Surveys of Consumers. The small decline amounted to 5.1 Index-points below the January peak, which…

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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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