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Friday, April 25, 2014

Final April Consumer Sentiment at 84.1

by Calculated Risk on 4/25/2014 09:58:00 AM

Consumer Sentiment
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The final Reuters / University of Michigan consumer sentiment index for April increased to 84.1 from the March reading of 80.0, and was up from the preliminary April reading of 82.6.

This was above the consensus forecast of 82.5. 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.