Content about Consumer Confidence Index

August 28, 2012

The Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index declined to its lowest level since November 2011, hitting a reading of 60.6 in August.

The Consumer Confidence Index fell in August to 60.6, down from a revised 65.4 in July. The latest figure marks the lowest index reading since November 2011.

July 31, 2012

After four months of declining numbers, the Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index improved in July to 65.9, up from 62.7 in June.

A year ago, the July 2011 Consumer Confidence Index stood at 59.2.

May 29, 2012

The Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index, which had declined slightly in April, fell further in May. The Index now stands at 64.9 (1985=100), down from 68.7 in April. The Expectations Index declined to 77.6 from 80.4, while the Present Situation Index decreased to 45.9 from 51.2 last month.

March 27, 2012

The Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index, which had increased in February, pulled back slightly in March. The Index now stands at 70.2 (1985=100), down from 71.6 in February. The Present Situation Index, however, increased to 51.0 from 46.4. The Expectations Index declined to 83.0 from 88.4 in February.

February 21, 2012

Consumer research from Port Washington, N.Y.-based NPD Group shows some positive movement in consumer sentiment in January, but concerns linger.

The January figure for the NPD U.S. Economic Perception Indicator rose to 40.0 on a scale of 0 -- "very concerned" -- to 100 -- "very confident." The figure is an improvement upon 37.4 recorded in December, but it is below the year-ago figure of 41.4:

December 22, 2011

An index of consumer sentiment rose for the fourth month in a row, gaining 5.8 points and reaching its highest level since last June. The Reuters/University of Michigan Consumer Sentiment Index hit 69.9 points in December, and researchers pointed to falling gasoline prices, mildly better employment prospects, an uptick in the stock market and real income growth. 

November 29, 2011

The Conference Board reported Tuesday morning that its Consumer Confidence Index increased to 56.0 in November, up from 40.9 in October.

That's not the only metric improving. The Expectations Index rose to 67.8 from 50.0, and the Present Situation Index increased to 38.3 from 27.1. 

It's certainly not partying like 1985 -- when the Index was set at 100. But it's an improvement welcomed by Lynn Franco, director of The Conference Board Consumer Research Center. 

November 1, 2011

A report released Friday by Thomson Reuters and the University of Michigan found that consumer confidence in the United States rose unexpectedly in October, a signal that an economic recovery process may still be intact.

The Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan final index of consumer sentiment climbed to 60.9 from 59.4 in September, beating Bloomberg News economists’ projections of a drop to 58.

The preliminary reading for the month was 57.5.

September 27, 2011

Consumer confidence continues to plod along in the mid-forties.

Data released Tuesday morning by the New York City-based Conference Board showed the Consumer Confidence Index for the month of September at 45.4, up slightly from an upwardly revised 45.2 reading in August. 

August 31, 2011

Siding and roofing were the areas that saw the biggest year-over-year percentage gains in planned home improvement activity, according to the latest tally from the Home Improvement Research Institute (HIRI). 


The most common planned project? Lawns, with a 14% incidence rate, and landscaping/fencing, with a 12.1% rate.


These gainers give a clear indication that the consumer’s home improvement thoughts are gravitating toward the outdoors and the home exterior.


August 30, 2011

After an uptick in July, the Consumer Confidence Index issued by The Conference Board fell to 44.5, down from a downwardly revised 59.2 reading in July. 

The August figure is the lowest since April 2009 when the index was 40.8.

August 2, 2011

As the latest Consumer Confidence Index scored a slight uptick (see Dashboard, page 42), the latest research from the Home Improvement Research Institute showed a boost in the expected amount of spending on projects around the home. 


The anticipated cost of planned home improvement projects in June increased 5% to an average of $517 per project, according to the latest monthly update from HIRI.


July 26, 2011

The Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index, which had declined in June, improved slightly in July.

Released Tuesday morning, the index now stands at 59.5 (1985=100), up from a downwardly revised 57.6 in June. 

Last year, July's index stood at 51.0. The Present Situation Index decreased to 35.7 from 36.6. The Expectations Index rose to 75.4 from 71.6 last month.

June 28, 2011

The Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index, which had declined in May, decreased again in June. The Index now stands at 58.5 (1985=100), down from 61.7 in May. The Present Situation Index decreased to 37.6 from 39.3. The Expectations Index declined to 72.4 from 76.7 last month.

May 19, 2011

The latest monthly update from the Home Improvement Research Institute shows a planned home improvement project incidence of 50.4% among consumers in April. That's up 2.8% from the year-ago month and the second month in a row of year-over-year increases.

After a sharp drop in December, the first four months of planned project incidence have been mostly up, or very slightly down compared with last year, according to HIRI's Monthly Sentiment Tracking.

April 26, 2011

The Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index increased slightly to 65.4 in April, up from 63.8 in March, and up from 57.7 in April 2010.

April 4, 2011

The March unemployment rate shaved a tenth of a percentage point, but the March consumer confidence index shaved even more.

The Labor Department's official unemployment rate fell to 8.8% from 8.9%. The Conference Board's Consumer Confidence index, however, fell to 63.4 in March, compared with 72.0 in February.

February 22, 2011

The Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index improved to a reading of 70.4, up from 64.8 in January. 

The February reading is at a three-year high -- the highest since February 2008, when the index was at 76.4.

February 7, 2011

The most recent Dashboard shows the national unemployment rate fell to 9.0%, and the Consumer Confidence Index rose to 60.6. Stocks are heading in the right direction, as well. All 10 companies tracked on the Home Channel Stock Roundup are in positive territory for the month and the year. Still, residential construction is near record lows. 

January 25, 2011

The Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index, which had dipped in December, increased in January. The Index now stands at 60.6 (1985=100), up from 53.3 in December. The Present Situation Index improved to 31.0 from 24.9. The Expectations Index increased to 80.3 from 72.3 last month.

December 28, 2010

The Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index slipped to a reading of 52.5 in December, down from November's figure of 54.3.

The percentage of consumers claiming business conditions are "bad" decreased to 41.2% from 42.9%, however, those claiming business conditions are "good" declined to 7.5% from 8.5%.

December 28, 2010

Gas prices climbed above the $3.00 per gallon mark, and the Consumer Confidence Index declined to 52.5. But for the third week in a row, all 10 stocks on the Home Channel Roundup are up over both last year and last month.

September 27, 2010

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August 31, 2010

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December 29, 2008

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