Topic: Consumer Reports Sentiment Index
Retail activity remains at weakest point since April 2009
Yonkers, 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»
Sentiment Stable as Employment Measure Records Third Straight Month in Positive Territory
Yonkers, 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»
Yonkers, 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»
Retail suffers as consumers face a sharp rise in financial woes and weak employment outlook
Yonkers, 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»
Financial troubles decrease while retail recovers from five-month slide
Yonkers, 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»
Retail outlook suffers as less optimistic consumers see increased financial woes
Yonkers, NY – The Consumer Reports Index’s employment measure dropped back into negative territory this month largely due to a continued decline in the percentage of new job starts in the past 30 days.
The Index’s employment measure, which compares the percentages of Americans that reported starting a new job with those that reported losing a job in the past 30-days, slipped to 49.7 from 50.5 last month. When the measure drops below 50 it is an indication that more Americans are losing jobs than they are starting. «Read the rest of this article»
Consumer sentiment drops as gap widens between wealthy and lower-income households
Yonkers, 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»
Americans show little interest in spending more on retail items since holidays
Yonkers, 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»
Financial burdens plague those earning less than $50,000/year
Yonkers, 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»
Strong Holiday Activity Shows Americans were Willing to Engage and Spend, But for How Long?
Yonkers, 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»