Americans continued feeling chuffed in January 2018 according to two popular measures of consumer attitudes. Consumer Confidence from the Conference Board jumped to 125.4 after the upwardly revised tally of 123.1 (originally 122.1). However, there was a small letdown in the Consumer Sentiment figure from the University of Michigan which moved down a touch, falling to 95.7 from 95.9
Small business optimism is at multi-decade high according to the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB). This measure of enthusiasm has not reached this level in over 34 years, and it has only reached a similar reading one other time in the survey’s 44-year history. The optimism index reached 107 during November 2017, a gain of 3.7 points.
Two popular measures of consumer attitudes were mixed in November 2017, but they both remain relatively elevated. Consumer Confidence put out by the Conference Board hit a new 17-year high, reaching 129.5. Consumer Sentiment from the University of Michigan declined to 98.5 from 100.7, the highest peak of the last decade.
Small business confidence remained elevated during October 2017 according to data from the National Federation of Independent Businesses’ (NFIB) Optimism Index. This indicator made back some of the 2.3 point decline in September, gaining 0.8 in the latest survey. Of the ten components, four rose, five declined marginally, and one remained unchanged.
Consumers are chuffed with the economy according to two popular measures of consumer attitudes. In October 2017, both measures reached levels not seen in over a decade. Consumer Confidence jumped 5.3 points to 125.9 according to the Conference Board, a 17-year high. The University of Michigan’s Consumer Sentiment recorded a tally of 100.7 or the best level in nearly 14 y
Consumers seemed to be marginally less happy in September than in August according to two popular surveys of consumer attitudes. Consumer Confidence from the Conference Board dropped to 119.8 versus the downwardly revised count of 120.4 (originally 122.9) in August. Data collected by the University of Michigan for Consumer Sentiment resulted in a reading of 95.1 compared to 96.8 a m
Small business owners continued feeling ebullient in August according to the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB). Increasing one-tenth of a percentage point, the Small Business Optimism Index matched its highest reading in 12 years, reaching 105.3 in August 2017. Details in the report were mixed, but the magnitude of the rate of change for rising categories was greate
Popular measures of consumer attitudes were positive in August 2017. Those polled by the Conference Board for the Consumer Confidence tally were much more enthusiastic than a month earlier as were the folks interviewed by the University of Michigan for Consumer Sentiment figures.
Retail sales were strong in July 2017 according to the Census Bureau. Month-over-month, this important indicator jumped 0.6 percent. Compared to a year earlier, transactions increased 4.2 percent. Not only did the second half of the year get off to quick start, June’s tally was revised upward substantially; first reported as falling 0.2 percent, a more complete cou