Consumer Sentiment Rises in September

Consumer Sentiment was 72.8 in September according to the University of Michigan Consumer Sentiment Index. September’s figure was 2.5 points higher than the August reading but is 7.6 points below the September 2020 index. The Current Economic Conditions Index rose 1.6 points from the previous month to 80.1 but is 7.7 points below the September 2020 index. The Consumer Expectations Index increased 3.0 points to 68.1 but is 7.5 points lower from a year ago.

“Consumer sentiment edged upward in late September, although the overall gain still meant the continuation of depressed optimism, initially sparked by the Delta variant and supported by persistent inflation and unfavorable long-term prospects for the national economy. Consumers do not view economic conditions as conducive to establishing an inflationary psychology, a self-fulfilling prophecy. Instead, consumers have favored postponement due to what they still consider a transient spike in prices. While this reaction may well fade in the months ahead, the shift toward postponement of purchases has been so significant that it could not be quickly reversed” said Richard Curtin, chief economist of UM Surveys of Consumers.

Read the University of Michigan Surveys of Consumers release.