Friday, September 17, 2010

University of Michigan Survey of Consumers September 2010

Today's release of the Reuters/University of Michigan Survey of Consumers for September showed a notable decline in consumer sentiment with a reading of 66.6 dropping 9.39% below the level seen last year and coming in at the lowest reading since August 2009.

The Index of Consumer Expectations (a component of the Index of Leading Economic Indicators) also dropped notably to 59.1, the lowest level seen since March 2009, and the Current Economic Conditions Index went flat at 78.4.

It's important to recognize that while consumer sentiment is still higher than the panic laden trough level seen in late 2008, the current sentiment level is far lower than any level seen during the 2001 tech recession and roughly equivalent to the worst seen during the early 1990s and second dip 1982 recessions.