United States Consumer Sentiment 1952-2015 | Data | Chart | Calendar

The University of Michigan's final reading on the overall index of consumer sentiment came in at 90.7 in May of 2015, compared to 95.9 in April of 2015. Consumer Confidence in the United States averaged 85.73 from 1952 until 2015, reaching an all time high of 111.40 in January of 2000 and a record low of 51.70 in May of 1980. Consumer Confidence in the United States is reported by the University of Michigan.

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Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
88.60 95.90 111.40 51.70 1952 - 2015 Monthly
Volume, NSA, 1966=100
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 - United States Consumer Sentiment - actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news. Content for - United States Consumer Sentiment - was last refreshed on Friday, May 29, 2015.

Calendar GMT Reference Actual Previous Consensus Forecast (i)
2015-05-01 03:00 PM Apr 95.9 93.0 96 95.9
2015-05-15 03:00 PM May 88.6 95.9 96.0 97.74
2015-05-29 03:00 PM May 90.7 95.9 89.9 88.6
2015-06-12 03:00 PM Jun 90.7 88.95
2015-06-26 03:00 PM Jun 90.7
2015-07-17 03:00 PM Jul 98.83


US Consumer Sentiment Above Estimates


The University of Michigan's final reading on the overall index of consumer sentiment came in at 90.7 in May, higher than a preliminary reading of 88.6 but below 95.9 reported in April. Yet, it is the lowest figure in six months.

The barometer of current economic conditions increased to 100.8 from a preliminary 99.8 but decreased from 107.0 in April. 

The gauge of consumer expectations edged up to 84.2 from a preliminary 81.5 but fell from 88.8 in the previous month.

Americans expect the inflation rate in the next year will be 2.8 percent, compared with a preliminary 2.9 percent and 2.6 percent in April. Over the next 5 to 10 years, they expect consumer prices to rise 2.8 percent, compared with 2.6 percent in April.

University of Michigan | Joana Taborda | joana.taborda@tradingeconomics.com
5/29/2015 3:13:23 PM


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US Consumer Sentiment at 7-Month Low
The University of Michigan's preliminary reading on the overall index of consumer sentiment came in at 88.6 in May, down from 95.9 in April and well below market expectations. Both current and future expectations declined while the inflation outlook rose. Published on 2015-05-15

US Consumer Sentiment at 3-Month High
The University of Michigan's preliminary reading on the overall index of consumer sentiment came in at 95.9 in April, up from 93 in March and above market expectations. Both current and future expectations increased while the inflation outlook slowed. Published on 2015-04-17


United States Consumer Last Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Consumer Confidence 88.60 95.90 111.40 51.70 [+]
Retail Sales MoM 0.00 1.10 6.70 -3.60 percent [+]
Retail Sales YoY 0.90 1.70 11.20 -11.40 percent [+]
Consumer Spending 11169.60 11119.60 11169.60 1320.40 USD Billion [+]
Disposable Personal Income 13317.40 13315.80 13317.40 351.90 USD Billion [+]
Personal Spending 0.40 0.20 2.80 -2.00 percent [+]
Personal Income 0.00 0.40 3.80 -5.10 percent [+]
Personal Savings 5.30 5.70 17.00 1.90 percent [+]
Consumer Credit 20.50 14.79 114.70 -18.00 USD Billion [+]
Bank Lending Rate 3.25 3.25 20.50 2.00 percent [+]
Economic Optimism Index 49.70 51.30 62.90 35.80 [+]
Redbook Index 1.60 1.40 7.60 -5.80 percent [+]
Chain Store Sales 580.50 585.60 585.60 245.40 Index Points [+]
Gasoline Prices 0.68 0.65 0.99 0.32 USD/Liter [+]
Retail Sales Ex Autos 0.10 0.70 2.20 -5.00 percent [+]


Consumer Confidence Reference Previous Highest Lowest Unit
Australia 102.40 May/15 96.20 127.67 64.61 [+]
Brazil 98.70 May/15 99.00 120.70 89.41 [+]
Canada 84.40 Nov/13 81.20 93.40 60.00 [+]
China 338.10 Feb/15 105.70 338.10 97.00 [+]
Euro Area -5.50 May/15 -4.60 2.40 -34.30 [+]
France 93.00 May/15 94.00 128.94 80.09 [+]
Germany 10.20 Jun/15 10.10 16.80 -3.50 [+]
India 130.00 Feb/15 129.00 131.00 92.00 [+]
Indonesia 107.40 Apr/15 116.90 120.60 9.60 [+]
Italy 105.70 May/15 108.00 124.19 84.70 [+]
Japan 41.50 Apr/15 41.70 50.80 27.40 [+]
Mexico 91.30 Apr/15 93.06 117.65 76.95 [+]
Netherlands 2.00 May/15 0.00 27.00 -44.00 [+]
Russia -32.00 Feb/15 -18.00 1.00 -59.00 [+]
South Korea 105.00 May/15 104.00 117.00 81.00 [+]
Spain 101.80 Apr/15 100.40 101.80 37.60 [+]
Switzerland -7.00 May/15 -0.70 25.30 -53.60 [+]
Turkey 64.29 May/15 65.35 111.90 64.29 [+]
United Kingdom 1.00 May/15 4.00 10.00 -39.00 [+]
United States 88.60 May/15 95.90 111.40 51.70 [+]