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Friday, May 16, 2014

Preliminary May Consumer Sentiment decreases to 81.8

by Calculated Risk on 5/16/2014 09:55:00 AM

Consumer Sentiment
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The preliminary Reuters / University of Michigan consumer sentiment index for May was at 81.8, down from 84.1 in April.

This was below the consensus forecast of 84.5. 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.