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Consumer Confidence: Steady For Now

April 26, 2022
Bottom Line:  The Conference Board's Consumer Confidence Index was nearly unchanged in April as consumers reported their present financial situations remained historically strong. But most consumers remained concerned about their future prospects. Their assessments of the labor market remained historically quite strong but slipped just slightly relative to last month. Inflation expectations slipped modestly after hitting a record high in March. Still, amid higher energy prices consumers reported slightly lower intentions to take vacations but slightly higher intentions to purchase new vehicles and appliances. Overall, the aggregate U.S. consumer remains well-positioned to spend with fortified balance sheets thanks to the pandemic stimulus, but there are concerns their willingness to spend is easing.
Consumer Confidence
FELL by 0.3 points in April to 107.3, compared with market expectations for an increase to 108.2. The index is now 8.7% BELOW its year-ago level.
Present Situation Index FELL by 1.2 points to 152.6. The index is 15.7% ABOVE its year-ago level.

The Expectations Index
ROSE by 0.5 points to 77.2.  The index is 28.5% BELOW its year-ago level.

The labor differential,
the percentage of respondents who said jobs are “plentiful” from the percentage who said jobs are “hard to get” , moved lower by 2.5 points to 44.6.
Article by Contingent Macro Advisors