Consumer confidence grew in May, posting a 128 reading in the latest Consumer Confidence Index® from The Conference Board. April’s reading was 125.6.
The Expectations reading of the Index, which gauges how consumers feel about their business, employment and income prospects six months out, rose to 104.3, while the Present Situation reading, which gauges how consumer feel about conditions currently, rose to 157.5.
“Consumer confidence increased in May after a modest decline in April,” said Lynn Franco, director of Economic Indicators at The Conference Board, in a statement. “Consumers’ assessment of current conditions increased to a 17-year high (March 2001, 167.5), suggesting that the level of economic growth in Q2 is likely to have improved from Q1. Consumers’ short-term expectations improved modestly, suggesting that the pace of growth over the coming months is not likely to gain any significant momentum. Overall, confidence levels remain at historically strong levels and should continue to support solid consumer spending in the near-term.”
Source: The Conference Board
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