Consumer Sentiment Slid 10.4% to 58.4 in May

Ann Arbor, MI, May 27, 2022-Consumer sentiment fell 10.4% in May to 58.4, according to final results from the University of Michigan Survey of Consumers.

This represents a 29.6% decline year over year. 

“The final May reading confirmed the early month decline in consumer sentiment, which fell 10.4% below April and reverted to virtually the same level of sentiment seen in March,” according to Survey of Consumers director Joanne Hsu. “This recent drop was largely driven by continued negative views on current buying conditions for houses and durables, as well as consumers’ future outlook for the economy, primarily due to concerns over inflation. At the same time, consumers expressed less pessimism over future prospects for their personal finances than over future business conditions. Less than one quarter of consumers expected to be worse off financially a year from now. Looking into the long term, a majority of consumers expected their financial situation to improve over the next five years; this share is essentially unchanged during 2022. A stable outlook for personal finances may currently support consumer spending. Still, persistently negative views of the economy may come to dominate personal factors in influencing consumer behavior in the future.”