United States Consumer Sentiment  1952-2017 | Data | Chart | Calendar

The University of Michigan's consumer sentiment for the United States rose to 98 in April of 2017 from 96.9 in the previous month, according to preliminary estimates. Figures beat market forecasts of 96.5, boosted by an improvement in current financial and economic situation. Consumer Confidence in the United States averaged 86.05 from 1952 until 2017, reaching an all time high of 111.40 in January of 2000 and a record low of 51.70 in May of 1980.

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Calendar GMT Reference Actual Previous Consensus Forecast (i)
2017-04-13 02:00 PM Apr 98 96.9 96.5 96.4
2017-04-13 02:00 PM Apr 86.9 86.5 86
2017-04-13 02:00 PM Apr 115.2 113.2 112.4
2017-04-28 02:00 PM Apr 96.9 98 98
2017-04-28 02:00 PM Apr 2.5% 2.5%
2017-04-28 02:00 PM Apr 2.4% 2.4%




US Consumer Sentiment At 3-Month High


The University of Michigan's consumer sentiment for the United States rose to 98 in April of 2017 from 96.9 in the previous month, according to preliminary estimates. Figures beat market forecasts of 96.5, boosted by an improvement in current financial and economic situation.

The barometer for current economic conditions jumped to 115.2 from 113.2 in March, the highest level since November of 2000.

The gauge of future expectations increased to 86.9 from 86.5.

Americans expect the inflation rate to be 2.5 percent next year and 2.4 percent in the next 5 years, both unchanged from the previous month.

"While partisanship had no impact on the Current Conditions Index (Democrats and Republicans differed by just 0.4 points), the data suggest the beginning of a convergence on the Expectations Index, with the figure for Democrats rising 7% and falling for Republicans by 7%, although the gap still remained an astonishing 50.5 Index points. Much more progress on shrinking the partisan gap is needed to bring economic expectations in line with reality. A slow pace of convergence will make it more difficult to disentangle political fervor from what appears to be a growing sense among consumers that the economy will experience fundamental changes in the years ahead. It can be anticipated that optimism will commingle with uncertainty, causing uneven spending patterns across months. Moreover, differential price trends for assets, products, and imports will cause uneven trends in incomes, wealth, and spending across products as well as economic subgroups."

University of Michigan | Joana Taborda | joana.taborda@tradingeconomics.com
4/13/2017 4:09:27 PM



United States Consumer Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Consumer Confidence 98.00 96.90 111.40 51.70 [+]
Retail Sales MoM -0.20 -0.30 6.70 -3.70 percent [+]
Retail Sales YoY 5.20 5.10 11.20 -11.50 percent [+]
Retail Sales Ex Autos 0.00 0.00 2.70 -3.80 percent [+]
Consumer Spending 11669.80 11569.00 11669.80 1320.40 USD Billion [+]
Disposable Personal Income 14402.20 14345.40 14402.20 351.90 USD Billion [+]
Personal Spending 0.10 0.20 2.80 -2.00 percent [+]
Personal Income 0.40 0.50 4.60 -5.20 percent [+]
Personal Savings 5.60 5.50 17.00 1.90 percent [+]
Consumer Credit 15.20 10.90 118.60 -17.80 USD Billion [+]
Private Sector Credit 9132.65 9130.82 9141.48 39.04 USD Billion [+]
Bank Lending Rate 3.88 3.75 20.50 2.00 percent [+]
Economic Optimism Index 51.70 55.30 62.90 35.80 [+]
Redbook Index 2.30 1.60 7.60 -5.80 percent [+]
Gasoline Prices 0.61 0.61 0.99 0.32 USD/Liter [+]
Households Debt To Gdp 79.40 78.80 95.50 23.40 percent of GDP [+]
Chain Store Sales 3584.00 3129.00 15875.00 3129.00 USD Million [+]


United States Consumer Sentiment Notes

The Index of Consumer Expectations focuses on three areas: how consumers view prospects for their own financial situation, how they view prospects for the general economy over the near term, and their view of prospects for the economy over the long term. Each monthly survey contains approximately 50 core questions, each of which tracks a different aspect of consumer attitudes and expectations. The samples for the Surveys of Consumers are statistically designed to be representative of all American households, excluding those in Alaska and Hawaii. Each month, a minimum of 500 interviews are conducted by telephone. This page provides the latest reported value for - United States Consumer Sentiment - plus previous releases, historical high and low, short-term forecast and long-term prediction, economic calendar, survey consensus and news. United States Consumer Sentiment - actual data, historical chart and calendar of releases - was last updated on April of 2017.

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
98.00 96.90 111.40 51.70 1952 - 2017 Monthly
Volume, NSA, 1966=100



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Netherlands 26.00 Apr/17
New Zealand 111.90 Mar/17
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Oman 78.80 Dec/16
Pakistan 176.51 Mar/17
Peru 87.00 Feb/17
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Spain 99.70 Mar/17
Sweden 102.60 Mar/17
Switzerland -3.00 Mar/17
Taiwan 78.12 Mar/17
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Turkey 71.30 Apr/17
Ukraine 55.50 Mar/17
United Arab Emirates 108.00 Dec/16
United Kingdom -6.00 Mar/17
United States 98.00 Apr/17
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Vietnam 112.00 Dec/16