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Economic Data (USA)

Friday, April 15, 2016

Consumer Sentiment: Preliminary Estimate for April 2016

The Consumer Sentiment (preliminary estimate) reading for April 2016 was released today:

Predicted: 91.8
Actual: 89.7

Change from Last Month: -1.43%
Change from Last Year: -6.47%


The Consumer Sentiment Index is compiled on a monthly basis by the University of Michigan; 500 U.S. households are queried about their own financial circumstances and about the economy in general. 200 questions are asked, e.g. "Do you think that right now is a good time to purchase a major household item, like a new microwave oven, TV set, or a new sofa?"

The Consumer Sentiment Index uses a 1966 baseline, i.e. for 1966, the Consumer Sentiment Index = 100. So any number that is below the 1966 baseline of 100 means that the folks who were polled recently aren't as optimistic about the U.S. economy as the sample that was polled back in 1966.

The Consumer Sentiment Index is similar to the Consumer Confidence Index in that they both measure consumer attitudes and offer insight into consumer spending.

The "predicted" figure is what economists were expecting, while the "actual" is the true or real figure.

Last month's Consumer Sentiment reading was 91.0.

Click here to view the full University of Michigan report.


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