Surveys of Consumers

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Consumers lament: Where have all the discounts gone?

May 25th, 2018

ANN ARBOR—Consumer sentiment slipped by less than an index-point from last month, remaining at the same favorable levels for the past 18 months, according to the University of Michigan Surveys of Consumers. Since President Trump’s election, the Sentiment Index has…

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Impact of tax reforms on confidence neutralized by tariffs

April 27th, 2018

Although the Consumer Sentiment Index fell slightly in April, it has remained at very favorable levels since the start of 2018. ANN ARBOR—Consumers remain confident that inflation and unemployment will remain low during the year ahead and wages will continue…

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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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