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

The University of Michigan's consumer sentiment for the United States rose to 97.7 in May of 2017 from 97 in the previous month, according to preliminary estimates. Figures beat market forecasts of 97, boosted by an improvement in future expectations. Consumer Confidence in the United States averaged 86.07 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)
2017-05-12 02:00 PM May 97.7 97 97 97.3
2017-05-12 02:00 PM May 112.7 112.7 112.7
2017-05-12 02:00 PM May 88.1 87
2017-05-26 02:00 PM May 97 97.5 97.7
2017-05-26 02:00 PM May 2.5% 2.6% 2.6%
2017-05-26 02:00 PM May 2.4% 2.3% 2.3%




US Consumer Sentiment At 4-Month High


The University of Michigan's consumer sentiment for the United States rose to 97.7 in May of 2017 from 97 in the previous month, according to preliminary estimates. Figures beat market forecasts of 97, boosted by an improvement in future expectations.

The barometer for current economic conditions was unchanged at 112.7 while the gauge of future expectations increased to 88.1 from 87.

Americans expect the inflation rate to be 2.6 percent next year (2.5 percent in April) and 2.3 percent in the next 5 years (2.4 percent in April).

The recent stability in consumer sentiment masks two important underlying shifts in the components as well as in the partisan divide. More favorable income gains and low inflation meant that consumers held the most favorable real income expectations in a dozen years. Buying plans, however, were mixed: household durables rose to a decade peak, while vehicle buying conditions slipped to a three year low. Home buying conditions were viewed less favorably, but were offset by the most favorable views about home selling in more than a decade. The partisan difference in the Expectations Index is still huge, but the gap between Democrats and Republicans narrowed slightly to 55 Index points from 65 three months ago, mainly due to Democrats expressing diminished fears of an immediate recession and lessened concerns about personal financial setbacks. Overall, personal consumption expenditures are expected to advance at about a 2.3% pace in 2017.


University of Michigan | Joana Taborda | joana.taborda@tradingeconomics.com
5/12/2017 2:11:39 PM



United States Consumer Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Consumer Confidence 97.70 97.00 111.40 51.70 [+]
Retail Sales MoM 0.40 0.10 6.70 -3.70 percent [+]
Retail Sales YoY 4.50 5.20 11.20 -11.50 percent [+]
Retail Sales Ex Autos 0.30 0.30 2.70 -3.80 percent [+]
Consumer Spending 11679.50 11669.80 11679.50 1320.40 USD Billion [+]
Disposable Personal Income 14428.50 14402.20 14428.50 351.90 USD Billion [+]
Personal Spending 0.00 0.00 2.80 -2.00 percent [+]
Personal Income 0.20 0.30 4.60 -5.20 percent [+]
Personal Savings 5.90 5.60 17.00 1.90 percent [+]
Consumer Credit 16.43 13.75 118.60 -17.80 USD Billion [+]
Private Sector Credit 9177.64 9132.65 9177.64 39.04 USD Billion [+]
Bank Lending Rate 4.00 3.88 20.50 2.00 percent [+]
Economic Optimism Index 51.30 51.70 62.90 35.80 [+]
Redbook Index 2.40 1.30 7.60 -5.80 percent [+]
Gasoline Prices 0.64 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 4223.00 3584.00 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 May of 2017.

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
97.70 97.00 111.40 51.70 1952 - 2017 Monthly
Volume, NSA, 1966=100



consumer confidence by Country

Last
Australia 97.99 May/17
Brazil 103.40 Apr/17
Canada 52.32 May/17
China 111.00 Mar/17
Euro Area -3.30 May/17
France 100.00 Apr/17
Germany 10.20 May/17
India 136.00 Dec/16
Indonesia 123.70 Apr/17
Italy 107.50 Apr/17
Japan 43.20 Apr/17
Mexico 84.29 Apr/17
Netherlands 23.00 May/17
Russia -15.00 Mar/17
South Korea 101.20 Apr/17
Spain 106.70 Apr/17
Switzerland -8.00 Jun/17
Turkey 72.80 May/17
United Kingdom -7.00 Apr/17
United States 97.70 May/17