Consumer confidence continued to improve for the fourth consecutive reading, rising 0.5 points to 53.2, a 34-month high, according to the HPS-CivicScience Economic Sentiment Index (ESI). This reading is also the second-highest reading in the history of the ESI, just 0.1 points lower than the record of 53.3 set on January 13, 2015. The current reading’s increase continues a run that has seen the ESI jump 2.5 points since October 3, 2017. Recent improvements in sentiment have bumped the ESI’s 2017 average to 51.5, now four full points higher than the 2016 average of 47.5.
Improving consumer confidence in three of the ESI’s five indicators drove the overall index’s 0.6 point increase. Confidence in the broader U.S. economy improved the most, rising 2.1 points to 50.4, the indicator’s highest level since March 21, 2017, when it reached 51.9. Confidence in the labor market and in personal finances also increased, climbing by 1.1 points to 46.3 and 1.0 point to 66.5, respectively. The 1.1 point increase also pushed confidence in the labor market to its highest level since March 21, 2017, when the indicator reached 46.6.
Consumer confidence in making a major purchase fell from its 2017 high of 53.4, declining 1.7 points to 51.7. Despite the indicator’s drop, confidence remains at a higher level than the indicator’s 2017 average of 50.2. Sentiment toward the housing market also fell, decreasing 0.4 points to 51.3.
The ESI’s three-day moving average concluded the two-week reading period at 53.6, 1.3 points higher than where it began. The moving average fell to its trough of 51.7 on Sunday, November 5. Over the next eight days, the rolling average increased 3.0 points to reach its peak of 54.7 on Monday, November 13, before settling at 53.6 on the final day of the reading.
The next release of the ESI will be November 28, 2017.
About the Index
The HPS-CivicScience Economic Sentiment Index (“ESI”) is a “living” index that measures U.S. adults’ expectations for the economy going forward, as well as their feelings about current conditions for major purchases. The primary goal of the Index is to accurately measure movements in overall national economic sentiment, and to provide a more sophisticated alternative to existing economic sentiment indices. Unlike other prominent indices that release consumer sentiment estimates infrequently, the HPS-CivicScience Index is updated in real time as responses are collected continuously every hour, every day. Large-scale cross-tabulation of survey responses and consumer attributes enable more granular analyses than are currently possible through prevailing measures.
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About Hamilton Place Strategies (HPS)
Hamilton Place Strategies (HPS) is an analytical public affairs consulting firm with offices in Washington, D.C. and San Francisco. We integrate substantive analysis with communications and believe a deep understanding of business and economics leads to more effective public engagement and better outcomes for our clients.
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