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Friday, January 17, 2014

Preliminary January Consumer Sentiment declines to 80.4

by Calculated Risk on 1/17/2014 09:55:00 AM

Consumer Sentiment
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The preliminary Reuters / University of Michigan consumer sentiment index for January was at 80.4, down from the December reading of 82.5.

This was below the consensus forecast of 83.5. Sentiment has generally been improving following the recession - with plenty of ups and downs - and a big spike down when Congress threatened to "not pay the bills" in 2011, and another smaller spike down last October and November due to the government shutdown.

I expect to see sentiment at post-recession highs very soon.