Consumer Sentiment Rose 2% to 59.8 in Early October

Ann Arbor, MI, October 14, 2022-Consumer sentiment rose 2.0% to 59.8 in early October, according to preliminary results from the University of Michigan Survey of Consumers. 

This represents a 16.6% decline year over year. 

“Consumer sentiment is essentially unchanged at 1.2 index points above September, in spite of a 23% improvement in current buying conditions for durables owing to an easing in supply constraints,” according to Survey of Consumers director Joanne Hsu. “Sentiment is now 9.8 points above the all-time low reached in June, but this improvement remains tentative, as the expectations index declined by 3% from last month. Continued uncertainty over the future trajectory of prices, economies, and financial markets around the world indicate a bumpy road ahead for consumers.

“The median expected year-ahead inflation rate rose to 5.1%, with increases reported across age, income, and education. Last month, long run inflation expectations fell below the narrow 2.9-3.1% range for the first time since July 2021, but since then expectations have returned to that range at 2.9%. After 3 months of expecting minimal increases in gas prices in the year ahead, both short and longer run expectations rebounded in October.”