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Friday, September 28, 2012

Misc: Chicago PMI declines, Consumer Sentiment in September at 78.3

by Calculated Risk on 9/28/2012 09:58:00 AM

Consumer Sentiment
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The final Reuters / University of Michigan consumer sentiment index for September was 78.3, down from the preliminary reading of 79.2, and up from the August reading of 74.3.

This was below the consensus forecast of 79.0 and still fairly low. Sentiment remains weak due to the high unemployment rate, sluggish economy and higher gasoline prices.

From the Chicago ISM:

The Chicago Purchasing Managers reported the Chicago Business Barometer fell to 49.7, its lowest level in three years.

• EMPLOYMENT: 2 1/2 year low; [declined to 52.0 from 57.1 in August]
• NEW ORDERS, ORDER BACKLOGS, and SUPPLIER DELIVERIES: 3 month moving averages lowest since mid 2009; [new orders declined to 47.4 from 54.8]
• PRICES PAID: third consecutive monthly gain
The Chicago PMI was well below the consensus forecast of 53.1.