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Consumer Sentiment: Continued Rebound

August 12, 2022
Bottom Line:  After hitting record lows in June, consumer sentiment continued to rebound, according to the preliminary August reading of the University of Michigan survey. Led by future expectations, the index measuring how consumers feel about their prospects for the next year inched above the 2nd Quarter average. Moreover, lower energy prices left consumers feeling a bit less uncertain about the inflation outlook. Still, consumers continue to feel less wealthy as they burn savings to meet their demand for essential goods and struggle to gain pay increases quickly enough to make ends meet. But even just a modest decline in prices at the pump is leaving them feel a bit better.
Consumer Sentiment
ROSE by 3.6 points in early August to 55.1%, compared with market expectations for an increase to 52.5%.   Despite this month's modest increase, sentiment is now 21.6% BELOW its year-ago level.
Current Conditions FELL by 2.6 points to 55.5%. This is 29.3% BELOW their year-ago level.

Consumer Expectations
ROSE by 7.6 points to 54.9%.  Despite this month's sharp increase, expectations are 15.7% BELOW its year-ago level.
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