Friday, August 13, 2010

Reuters University of Michigan's Consumer Sentiment increases slightly in August

by Bill McBride on 8/13/2010 09:59:00 AM

From Reuters: Consumer Sentiment Edges Up in August, More Than Expected

The slight pickup in sentiment follows a drop in July to the lowest level since November, the data from Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan's Surveys of Consumers showed.

The survey's preliminary August reading on the overall index on consumer sentiments rose to 69.6 from 67.8 in July ...
Consumer Sentiment Click on graph for larger image in new window.

Consumer sentiment is a coincident indicator - and this is further evidence of a sluggish economy.

Interesting - the survey's one-year inflation expectations increased to 2.8% even with very low measured inflation.

This was a big story last month when consumer sentiment collapsed to the lowest level since late 2009. Even with the slight increase, this is still at the levels of late last year.