Friday, June 27, 2008

Consumer Sentiment: Lowest Since 1980

by Bill McBride on 6/27/2008 10:18:00 AM

From MarketWatch: Consumers extremely gloomy, UMich survey says.

The consumer sentiment index fell to 56.4 in June from 59.6 in May ... It's the lowest since 1980 and the third-lowest reading in the 56-year history of the survey.
A record number of consumers said their own finances had worsened, and inflation expectations are the highest since Feb 1982. (here is the Reuters story with more detail)

Usually consumer sentiment surveys tell you what you already know, and sentiment is heavily impacted by gasoline prices, but these are still pretty stunning numbers.