Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Consumer Confidence

Consumer confidence dipped in July-again over worries about the jobs picture and over income prospects. The overall consumer confidence index slipped to 50.4 in July from an upwardly revised 54.3 in June (initially 52.9). Analysts projected July to print at 51.0. The latest decrease was led by a drop in expectations to 66.6 from 72.7 in June. But the present situation sub-index also declined-to 26.1 from 26.8.

Those seeing jobs as hard to get rose to 45.8 percent in July from 43.5 percent the prior month. On the issue of expectations of income, 17.5 percent see income down in six months, compared to 16.8 percent in June. Only 10 percent expect higher income in six months, compared to 10.6 percent in June.

The good news, however, is that buying plans have picked up in some categories-albeit from low levels. Those planning to buy a car within six months rebounded to 4.5 percent from 4.1 percent in June. Those planning to buy a major appliance within six months jumped to 28.5 percent in July from 23.7 percent in June. However, those planning to purchase a house edged down to 1.9 percent from 2.0 percent in June.

Patrick M. Ambrus
Analyze Capital LLC
Twitter: AnalyzeCapital

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