Consumer Sentiment Declined 2.0% to 68.1 in September

Ann Arbor, MI, September 29, 2023-Consumer sentiment declined 2.0% to 68.1 in September, according to final results from the University of Michigan Survey of Consumers.

This represents a 16.2% increase year over year. 

“Consumer sentiment confirmed its early-month reading and was little changed this month, slipping a mere 1.4 index points from August and remaining 16% higher than a year ago,” reports the University of Michigan Survey of Consumers. “A small decline in consumer expectations over their personal finances was offset by a modest improvement in expected business conditions. Consumers are understandably unsure about the trajectory of the economy given multiple sources of uncertainty, for example over the possible shutdown of the federal government and labor disputes in the auto industry. Until more information emerges about these developments, though, consumers have reserved judgement on whether economic conditions have materially changed from the past few months.

“Year-ahead inflation expectations moderated from 3.5% last month to 3.2% this month. The current reading is the lowest since March 2021 and is above the 2.3-3.0% range seen in the two years prior to the pandemic. Long-run inflation expectations came in at 2.8%, falling below the narrow 2.9-3.1% range for only the second time in the last 26 months. In comparison, long-run inflation expectations ranged between 2.2 and 2.6% in the two years pre-pandemic.”