Consumer Confidence

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May 27, 2014

Economic Watch: Durable Good Orders Up, Shipments Fall; Consumers Upbeat

UPDATED: Shipments for these items designed to last three years or more fell 0.2% from March, following a 1.3% gain. The decline was led by a 1% drop in transportation shipments.

March 14, 2014

Economic Watch: Producer Prices Fall, Consumer Sentiment Weakens

Prices at the wholesale level fell in February, according to a U.S. Labor Department report released Friday, leaving little worry that inflation is a problem.

February 25, 2014

Economic Watch: Consumer Confidence Slips

A measure of how consumers feel about the economy fell this month after increasing in January, according to the data from the private research group The Conference Board.

January 31, 2014

Economic Watch: Consumer Spending Up, Sentiment Down

Consumer spending in the U.S. posted modest gains in December and all of last year, according to new Commerce Department figures.

January 28, 2014

Economic Watch: Durable Goods Shipments and Orders Gain in 2013, Consumer Confidence Increasing

Shipments and new orders for manufactured durable goods in the U.S. ended 2013 on a down note, but each were up for the year, according to a new U.S. Commerce Department report released Tuesday.

January 2, 2014

Economic Watch: Manufacturing Continues Expansion, Construction and Consumer Confidence Jump

Economic activity in the nation’s manufacturing sector expanded in December for the seventh consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 55th consecutive month, according to a new report from the nation’s purchasing managers.

October 29, 2013

Economic Watch: Retail Sales, Consumer Confidence and Producer Prices Decline

Retail sales moved 0.1% lower in September from August but were 3.2% higher from the same time in 2012, according to the U.S. Commerce Department.

October 14, 2013

Economic Watch: Consumer Confidence Drops Again

With the partial shutdown of the U.S. government and the prospect the U.S. will default on its financial obligations, consumers don’t feel that good about the future, at least economically speaking, but they could also be doing a whole lot worse.

September 27, 2013

Economic Watch: Consumer Confidence Down, Personal Spending Lackluster

Following a string of at least slightly encouraging economic reports, two new economic reports are disappointing. U.S. consumer confidence fell this month to a five-month low, while personal spending in August increased for the fourth consecutive month.

September 24, 2013

Economic Watch: Consumer Confidence Inches Back

Americans aren’t feeling quite as good about the state of the economy this month as they were in August, but they are still optimistic.

September 13, 2013

Economic Watch: Retail Sales Sluggish in August, Consumer Confidence Falls

UPDATED--Retail sales increased less than expected during August compared to the month before, but are up significantly compared to a year ago, driven primarily by auto sales.

July 26, 2013

Economic Watch: Latest Economic Numbers Hit Multi-Year Highs

While American’s are split on how President Obama is handling the economy, the latest numbers out show things are decidedly on the upswing, with increasing consumer confidence, rising home prices and steady job gains.

July 1, 2013

Economic Watch: Construction Spending and Manufacturing Growing, Consumer Sentiment High

Overall construction spending in the United States during May rebounded sharply from the month before, thanks in part to an uptick in spending on public construction projects, while an other report shows manufacturing returned to expansion mode in June.

June 25, 2013

Economic Watch: Durable Goods, New Home Sales & Consumer Confidence Up

The first look by the federal government at orders and shipments of manufactured durable goods in May shows conditions continue improving. More good news came from the housing sector and in consumer confidence.

June 14, 2013

New Numbers Show Economy May be Better Than Earlier Thought

While not all the recent numbers that measure the health of the U.S. economy are glowing, they are not as bad, and in some cases much better, than analysts were expecting during this second quarter.

May 31, 2013

Consumer Spending Retreats but Consumers are Very Upbeat

Consumers pulled back on their spending in April -- dropping 0.2% from a downwardly revised 0.1% increase in March -- but still have good confidence in the American economy, according to separate reports.

May 28, 2013

Consumer Confidence Hits Five-Year High

Despite federal budget cutbacks and people getting hit with Social Security taxes returning to normal, consumers feel better about the American economy than they have in five years.

May 17, 2013

Leading Economic Indicators and Consumer Sentiment Rise

A barometer of future U.S. economic activity rose in April following a drop in March, signaling growth could speed up later in the year. The Index of Leading Economic Indicators from the private research group The Conference Board, shows a 0.6% gain in April to 95, following a downwardly revised 0.2% drop in March.

April 12, 2013

Latest Economic Numbers Disappointing

Retail sales and consumer confidence have taken a downturn, but the reasons for it aren’t clear, while producer prices fell and business inventories have barely moved higher.

March 26, 2013

Several Bright Spots in Latest U.S. Economic Numbers

Shipments and orders of manufactured durable goods, increased in February according to numbers released today from the U.S. Commerce Department, while home sales slid and consumer confidence fell in March.

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