Index of US consumer sentiment dips - AP

01.02.2014 14:48
Index of US consumer sentiment dips - AP

YEREVAN, February 1. /ARKA/. A measure of U.S. consumer sentiment slipped this month as stock markets fell, though confidence remained at a healthy level, the Associated Press reported.

The University of Michigan said its index of consumer sentiment dropped 1.3 points to 81.2. That was up from a preliminary reading of 80.4 two weeks ago. It also marked a solid gain from a year ago, when the index was at 73.8, the AP says.

Economists said the expiration of extended federal unemployment benefits for the long-term jobless may also have lowered confidence. Those extended benefits ran out for about 1.4 million people last month.
Still, consumers' assessment of their financial health reached its highest level in six months. And the number of consumers who said their incomes had recently increased has reached a six-year high, an encouraging sign for future growth, according to the report. –0--

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