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Consumer Reports Index shows Financial Troubles Jump and Sentiment Stumbles for Upper-Income Households

 

Retail activity remains at weakest point since April 2009

Consumer ReportsYonkers, NY – The Consumer Reports Index, an overall measure of Americans’ personal financial health, showed that more upper income Americans reported they are facing significantly more  financial troubles than last month.

The Consumer Reports Index’s trouble tracker measure climbed to 39.2 from 34.0 a month earlier—an increase that was entirely fueled by an epic 23.3-point jump among those households earning $100,000 or more. «Read the rest of this article»

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Consumer Report Index shows Americans’ Financial Woes Fall to Lowest Level in Four Years

 

Sentiment Stable as Employment Measure Records Third Straight Month in Positive Territory

Consumer ReportsYonkers, NY – The Consumer Reports Index, an overall measure of Americans’ personal financial health, shows Americans are reporting significantly fewer financial troubles. The Index’s trouble tracker measure fell sharply to 34.0 from 41.7 a month earlier—the lowest level since the organization first measured it in April 2009.

The Consumer Reports trouble tracker has dropped more than 50 percent from its high-water mark in September 2009, when this measure reached 68.7. The greatest drop in financial difficulties over the past 30 days was among those in households earning less than $50,000, followed by the most affluent in homes earning $100,000 or more. Amidst this general drop in financial difficulties, middle-income Americans experienced a slight rise in financial troubles. «Read the rest of this article»

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Consumer Reports Index shows Consumer Sentiment Jumps to Highest Level Since 2008

 

Consumer ReportsYonkers, NY – After months of teetering between positive and negative territory, the Consumer Reports Index’s sentiment measure leapt to it highest level since 2008.

The Consumer Reports Index, an overall measure of Americans’ personal financial health, shows that consumer sentiment now stands at 54.5, up from 50.1 last month. The improvement was broad-based, crossing all income and education groups, but the greatest gain was among lower-income consumers in households earning less than $50,000. «Read the rest of this article»

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Consumer Reports Index shows Consumer Sentiment Improves

 

Retail numbers lag despite four straight months of declining financial troubles

Consumer ReportsYonkers, NY – The Consumer Reports Index, an overall measure of Americans’ personal financial health, showed improvement in consumer confidence indicators over the past 30 days.

The Consumer Reports Index’s sentiment measure improved for March, climbing back to positive territory at 50.7 from 48.9 the prior month. The greatest improvement among income brackets was from lower-income households earning less than $50,000 (climbing 3.7 points). «Read the rest of this article»

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Consumer Reports Index shows Confidence in the Economy Plummets Among Affluent Americans

 

Retail suffers as consumers face a sharp rise in financial woes and weak employment outlook

Consumer ReportsYonkers, NY – With two months to go before the national election, the Consumer Reports Index, an overall measure of Americans’ personal financial health, saw significant drops in consumer sentiment that were reinforced by a sharp jump in personal financial troubles over the past 30 days.

The drop in sentiment (47.4 from 49.5 the previous month) was driven by a significant souring among affluent Americans in households earning more than $100,000 (-7.7 pts). While still in positive territory (52.2), sentiment levels for this income group haven’t been this close to negative territory in almost two years (October 2010). «Read the rest of this article»

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Consumer Report Index shows Americans Upbeat for Start of Summer, Sentiment Jumps to Highest Level In Four Years

 

Financial troubles decrease while retail recovers from five-month slide

Consumer ReportsYonkers, NY – The Consumer Reports Index, an overall measure of Americans’ personal financial health, saw a sharp improvement in its consumer sentiment measure, which jumped to its highest level since October 2008.

The rise in sentiment (53.1 from 47.5 the previous month) was broad-based, with significant gains among those Americans in households earning less than $50,000 (+5.5 pts) as well as more affluent households earning $100,000 or more (+7.7 pts). «Read the rest of this article»

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Consumer Reports states Average Americans not Showing Signs They Feel Economy is Improving

 

Consumer sentiment drops as gap widens between wealthy and lower-income households

Consumer ReportsYonkers, NY – The Consumer Reports Index, a gauge of overall consumer financial health, showed a drop in consumer sentiment levels, an increase in financial troubles and a jump in stress levels for consumers, despite reports the economy is showing signs of improvement.

The Consumer Reports Index April report showed that consumer sentiment has declined to 44.6 from 46.1 last month, and the gap in confidence has widened between the 50 percent of American households that earn less than $50,000 and wealthier Americans earning $100,000 or more. «Read the rest of this article»

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Consumer Reports Index: Consumer Sentiment Drops After Three Straight Months of Improvement

 

Americans show little interest in spending more on retail items since holidays

Consumer ReportsYonkers, NY – March’s Consumer Reports Index, a measure of overall consumer financial health, showed that the confidence of the American consumer is waning, with a drop in overall signs of mounting financial difficulty emerging.

After three months of improvement, the Consumer Reports Sentiment Index fell this month to 46.1, from 49.6 last month. Further challenging consumer confidence, The Trouble Tracker Index increased slightly this month to 52.2 from 49.1 in February, and is now at its highest level since August 2011. «Read the rest of this article»

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Conditions Improve Unevenly With Sentiment Strengthening While Spending and Employment Weaken

 

Financial burdens plague those earning less than $50,000/year

Consumer ReportsYonkers, NY – February’s Consumer Reports Index, a measure of overall consumer financial health, showed that conditions improved, but gains were uneven. Consumer Sentiment is up; however, employment wavered and retail activity was lackluster in what is usually a light shopping month.

Financial difficulties fell disproportionately on those in households making less than $50,000, who make up about half of all adults. «Read the rest of this article»

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Consumer Outlook Rises With Improvements in Employment, Sentiment and Stress

 

Strong Holiday Activity Shows Americans were Willing to Engage and Spend, But for How Long?

Consumer ReportsYonkers, NY – January’s Consumer Reports Index, a measure of overall consumer financial health, showed that the consumer’s outlook is improving. Sentiment and employment numbers have climbed, stress levels have diminished, financial difficulties have moderated compared to past months, and the strong retail performance of the holiday season is an important marker that Americans may be willing to engage and spend once again.

January’s Consumer Reports Sentiment Index, which measures how consumers are doing financially versus a year ago, was up from last month (45.4) to 48.2. The most optimistic consumers were ages 18 to 34, and households earning $100,000 or more. The most pessimistic consumers were those in households earning less than $50,000 and people ages 65 and older.  «Read the rest of this article»

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