July 15, 2022
Preliminary Results for July 2022 Next data release: Friday, July 29, 2022 for Final July data at 10am ET Surveys of Consumers Marks Leadership Change Surveys of Consumers Director Joanne Hsu
Index of Consumer Sentiment
Current Economic Conditions
Index of Consumer Expectations
Consumer sentiment was relatively unchanged, remaining near all-time lows. Current assessments of personal finances continued to deteriorate, reaching its lowest point since 2011. Buying conditions for durables adjusted upwards, owing both to consumers who cited easing supply constraints and those who believed that one should buy now to avoid future price increases, which would exacerbate inflation going forward. Even with the adjustment, buying conditions remained 26% lower than a year ago.
Consumers remained in agreement over the deleterious effect of prices on their personal finances. The share of consumers blaming inflation for eroding their living standards continued its rise to 49%, matching the all-time high reached during the Great Recession. These negative views endured in the face of the recent moderation in gas prices at the pump.
Inflation expectations have held steady or improved somewhat. The median expected year-ahead inflation rate was 5.2%, little changed from the past five months. Median long run expectations fell to 2.8%, just below the 2.9-3.1% range seen in the preceding 11 months. Inflation uncertainty continued to grow, with 26% of consumers expecting prices to stay the same or fall over the next 5 to 10 years, up from 11% a year ago.
Preliminary Results for July 2022
Next data release: Friday, July 29, 2022 for Final July data at 10am ET
Surveys of Consumers Marks Leadership Change
Surveys of Consumers Director Joanne Hsu