Tags: consumers | pandemic | economy | job market

US Consumer Sentiment Fell in February to a 6-Month Low

people wearing masks in front of an american eagle at a mall
(Matthew Hatcher/Getty Images)

Friday, 26 February 2021 11:03 AM

The University of Michigan’s final sentiment index fell to 76.8 from 79 in January, data released Friday showed. That was slightly better than the preliminary reading of 76.2 but well below the 101 a year ago, before the pandemic ravaged the economy and job market.

“The worst of the pandemic may be nearing its end, but few consumers anticipate persistent and robust economic growth in the years ahead or that employment conditions will be soon restored," Richard Curtin, director of the survey, said in the report.

Consumers are less optimistic as millions remain unemployed and virus cases continue to be elevated in many parts of the country. Still, sentiment may improve as more Americans get vaccinated and Congress approves another economic aid package.

The gauge of current conditions fell to 86.2 in February from 86.7 a month earlier. A measure of expectations dropped to 70.7 from 74 in January, according to the Jan. 27-Feb. 22 survey.

Investors and policy makers are watching carefully for signs of inflation. According to the Michigan Index, consumers expect prices to rise 3.3% in the next year, which was the highest since 2014 and matched the preliminary reading.

© Copyright 2021 Bloomberg News. All rights reserved.


StreetTalk
The University of Michigan's final sentiment index fell to 76.8 from 79 in January, data released Friday showed. That was slightly better than the preliminary reading of 76.2 but well below the 101 a year ago, before the pandemic ravaged the economy and job market. "The...
consumers, pandemic, economy, job market
193
2021-03-26
Friday, 26 February 2021 11:03 AM
Newsmax Media, Inc.
 
Newsmax TV Live
 

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

NEWSMAX.COM
MONEYNEWS.COM
© Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved