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

The preliminary reading of the University of Michigan's consumer sentiment for the United States rose to 97.6 in March of 2017 from 96.3 in the previous month and beating market forecasts of 97. Current conditions subindex reached the highest level since November of 2000, largely due to improved in personal finances. Consumer Confidence in the United States averaged 86.01 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)
2017-02-10 03:00 PM Feb 95.7 98.5 97.9 98.2
2017-02-24 03:00 PM Jan 96.3 98.5 96 95.7
2017-03-17 02:00 PM Mar 97.6 96.3 97 95.5
2017-03-31 02:00 PM Feb 96.3 97.2 97.6
2017-04-13 02:00 PM Apr 97.06
2017-04-28 02:00 PM Mar




US Consumer Sentiment Remains Near 13 Year High


The preliminary reading of the University of Michigan's consumer sentiment for the United States rose to 97.6 in March of 2017 from 96.3 in the previous month and beating market forecasts of 97.

The barometer for current economic conditions jumped to 114.5 from 111.5 in February, reaching the highest level since November of 2000, largely due to improved in personal finances.

The gauge of future expectations increased to 86.7 from 86.5.

Americans expect the inflation rate to be 2.4 percent next year, below 2.8 percent in February and 2.2 percent over the next 5 years, lower than 2.5 percent the previous month.

Among Republicans, the expectations index was at 122.4, while it was 55.3 for Democrats, showing the divide in the outlook since Donald Trump’s election victory. Eighty-seven percent of Republicans expect continued gains in the economy over the next five years, compared with 22 percent of Democrats.

"The overall level of consumer sentiment remained quite favourable in early March due to renewed strength in current economic conditions as well as the extraordinary influence of partisanship on economic prospects", Surveys of Consumers chief economist Richard Curtin said.  "Overall, the sentiment data has been characterised by rising optimism as well as by rising uncertainty due to the partisan divide. Optimism promotes discretionary spending, and uncertainty makes consumers more cautious spenders. This combination will result in uneven spending gains over time and across products."



University of Michigan | Joana Taborda | joana.taborda@tradingeconomics.com
3/17/2017 3:30:01 PM



United States Consumer Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Consumer Confidence 97.60 96.30 111.40 51.70 [+]
Retail Sales MoM 0.10 0.60 6.70 -3.70 percent [+]
Retail Sales YoY 5.70 6.00 11.20 -11.50 percent [+]
Retail Sales Ex Autos 0.20 1.20 2.70 -3.80 percent [+]
Consumer Spending 11655.00 11569.00 11655.00 1320.40 USD Billion [+]
Disposable Personal Income 14345.40 14281.20 14345.40 351.90 USD Billion [+]
Personal Spending 0.20 0.50 2.80 -2.00 percent [+]
Personal Income 0.40 0.30 4.60 -5.20 percent [+]
Personal Savings 5.50 5.40 17.00 1.90 percent [+]
Consumer Credit 8.79 14.76 115.00 -18.00 USD Billion [+]
Private Sector Credit 9130.82 9128.74 9141.48 39.04 USD Billion [+]
Bank Lending Rate 3.75 3.75 20.50 2.00 percent [+]
Economic Optimism Index 55.30 56.40 62.90 35.80 [+]
Redbook Index 1.20 1.30 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 3129.00 8741.00 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 March of 2017.

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
97.60 96.30 111.40 51.70 1952 - 2017 Monthly
Volume, NSA, 1966=100



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