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Friday, December 09, 2011

Consumer Sentiment increases in December

by Calculated Risk on 12/09/2011 09:55:00 AM

The preliminary December Reuters / University of Michigan consumer sentiment index increased to 67.7, (typo corrected) up from the November reading of 64.1.

Consumer Sentiment
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Consumer sentiment is usually impacted by employment (and the unemployment rate) and gasoline prices.

However the recent sharp decline was event driven (the debt ceiling debate), and sentiment has rebounded as expected. Note: Back in August I looked at event driven declines in consumer sentiment.

Sentiment is still very weak, although above the consensus forecast of 66.0.