Friday, March 11, 2011

Consumer Sentiment declines sharply in March

by Calculated Risk on 3/11/2011 09:55:00 AM

The preliminary March Reuters / University of Michigan consumer sentiment index declined to 68.2 from 77.5 in February, the lowest level since October 2010.

Consumer Sentiment Click on graph for larger image in graphic gallery.

This was well below the consensus forecast of 76.5.

In general consumer sentiment is a coincident indicator and is usually impacted by employment (and the unemployment rate) and gasoline prices.

My initial guess is this decline was because of higher gasoline prices.