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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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Consumer confidence in holding pattern in August

August 26th, 2016

ANN ARBOR—Consumers were a bit less optimistic in August than one month or one year ago, although consumer confidence remains at a reasonably high level, according to the University of Michigan (U-M) Surveys of Consumers. Less favorable personal financial prospects…

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July consumer confidence: Improved finances and low interest rates support spending

July 29th, 2016

ANN ARBOR—Consumers were a bit less optimistic in July than one month or one year ago, although consumer confidence remains at a reasonably high level, according to the University of Michigan (U-M) Surveys of Consumers. The recent decline was due…

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Consumer spending keeps economy afloat in June

June 24th, 2016

ANN ARBOR—Consumers were a bit less optimistic in June due to rising concerns about prospects for the economy, according to the University of Michigan (U-M) Surveys of Consumers. While no recession is anticipated, consumers increasingly expect a slower pace of…

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Consumer confidence rebounds in May: Renewed strength in personal finances

May 27th, 2016

ANN ARBOR—Consumer sentiment rebounded in May to its highest level in the last nine months. There have been only four times out of the last 110 monthly surveys that the Sentiment Index was higher, according to the University of Michigan…

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U-M helps India start first consumer sentiment index

May 19th, 2016

ANN ARBOR – For the first time, India has started measuring consumer sentiment defined as the degree of confidence the consumers express in the economy through their spending. The monthly consumer sentiment indicator has been launched in India by the…

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April consumer confidence declines: Growing worries about future prospects

April 29th, 2016

ANN ARBOR—Consumer sentiment continued its slow decline in April due to weakening expectations for future economic growth, although consumers’ views of their current finances remained positive, according to the University of Michigan (U-M) Surveys of Consumers. The top concerns of…

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March consumer confidence: Income Growth Key to Expanding Consumer Sales

April 1st, 2016

ANN ARBOR—Despite small monthly variations, the overall level of consumer confidence has remained largely unchanged over the past three quarters, according to the University of Michigan (U-M) Surveys of Consumers. This stability has resulted from increased optimism about personal finances…

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January consumer confidence: Low inflation critical for maintaining confidence

January 29th, 2016

ANN ARBOR—Consumer confidence remained largely unchanged, as the January reading was just 0.6 percent below last month’s level, according to the University of Michigan (U-M) Surveys of Consumers. The small downward revisions were due to stock market declines that were…

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Consumer Confidence rises in December: Discounts for all mean happy holidays

December 23rd, 2015

ANN ARBOR—Consumer confidence rose to its highest level since July, according to the University of Michigan (U-M) Surveys of Consumers. The December reading was nearly equal to the 2015 average of 92.9—which was the highest since 2004, The December gain…

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