University of Michigan's Index of Consumer Sentiment posted a final August reading of 69.5, down from July's 71.6; sentiment reached its second highest reading in 21 months, currently about 39% above record low registered in June 2022

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August 25, 2023 (press release) –

Final Results for August 2023

  Aug Jul Aug M-M Y-Y
  2023 2023 2022 Change Change
Index of Consumer Sentiment 69.5 71.6 58.2 -2.9% +19.4%
Current Economic Conditions 75.7 76.6 58.6 -1.2% +29.2%
Index of Consumer Expectations 65.5 68.3 58.0 -4.1% +12.9%


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Next data release: Friday, September 15, 2023 for Preliminary September data at 10am ET
Surveys of Consumers Director Joanne Hsu
After rising sharply for the past several months, consumer sentiment moved sideways in August with a small decline that is not statistically different from July. Sentiment reached its second highest reading in 21 months and is now about 39% above the all-time historic low reached in June of 2022. While buying conditions for durables and expectations over living conditions both improved, the long-run economic outlook fell back about 12% this month but remains higher than just two months ago. Consumers weighed a combination of positive and negative factors in the economy, which led to differing offsetting trends across demographic groups. Consumers perceive that the rapid improvements in the economy from the past three months have moderated, particularly with inflation, and they are tentative about the outlook ahead.

Year-ahead inflation expectations edged up from 3.4% last month to 3.5% this month. The current reading remains above the 2.3-3.0% range seen in the two years prior to the pandemic. Long-run inflation expectations came in at 3.0% for the third consecutive month, staying within the narrow 2.9-3.1% range for 24 of the last 25 months. These expectations are elevated relative to the 2.2-2.6% range seen in the two years pre-pandemic.

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