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Consumer sentiment improved in October

The final numbers for October indicated improvement in consumer sentiment with a reading of 60.9 but falling 10.4 percent below the level seen last year while one year inflation expectations declined to 3.2 percent.

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This chart show the annual percent change in consumer sentiment since 2000. Numbers bottomed out in 2008 and have been slow to recover

Today's final release of the Reuters/University of Michigan Survey of Consumers for October indicated improvement in consumer sentiment with a reading of 60.9 but falling 10.4% below the level seen last year while one year inflation expectations declined to 3.2%.

The Index of Consumer Expectations (a component of the Conference Board's Index of Leading Economic Indicators) rose to 51.8, and the Current Economic Conditions Index climbed to 75.1.

It's important to recognize that consumer sentiment has seriously eroded over the past few months with the current results remaining near levels not seen since 1980, a major indication that consumers are in the process of tightening even further on spending.

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