Consumer Sentiment Up 22.3% YOY in Early April

Ann Arbor, MI, April 12, 2024-Consumer sentiment declined 1.9% in early April to 77.9 but rose 22.3% YOY, according to preliminary estimates from the University of Survey of Consumers.

“Sentiment moved sideways for the fourth straight month, as consumers perceived few meaningful developments in the economy,” according to Survey of Consumers director Joanne Hsu. “Since January, sentiment has remained remarkably steady within a very narrow 2.5 index point range, well under the 5 points necessary for a statistically significant difference in readings. Consumers perceived little change in the state of the economy since the start of the new year. Expectations over personal finances, business conditions, and labor markets have all been stable over the last four months. However, a slight uptick in inflation expectations in April reflects some frustration that the inflation slowdown may have stalled. Overall, consumers are reserving judgment about the economy in light of the upcoming election, which, in the view of many consumers, could have a substantial impact on the trajectory of the economy.

“Year-ahead inflation expectations ticked up from 2.9% last month to 3.1% this month, lifting just above the 2.3-3.0% range seen in the two years prior to the pandemic. Long-run inflation expectations also edged up, from 2.8% last month to 3.0% this month.”