consumer sentiment

Consumer Confidence Jumps as Outlook Continues to Improve

– March 30, 2021

“Consumer attitudes improved significantly in March, but consumer confidence remains at historically moderate levels, and concerns about consumer-price increases are rising.” – Robert Hughes

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Household Net Worth Hits A Record While Debt Service Remains Low

– March 29, 2021

“Despite restrictive government policies and recession, aggregate household net worth rose to a new record, but financial health varies widely across cohorts.” – Robert Hughes

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Vaccinations and Stimulus Boost Consumer Sentiment As Impatience Also Rises

– March 26, 2021

“Consumer sentiment rose in March, driven by vaccine distribution and stimulus benefits while impatience with lockdowns has also risen. Recent data suggest an improving outlook.” – Robert Hughes

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Initial Claims Fall to the Lowest Level of the Pandemic

– March 25, 2021

“Initial claims fell to the lowest level of the pandemic, reflecting the benefits of easing government restrictions and suggesting an improving economic outlook.” – Robert Hughes

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New Orders for Durable-Goods Pull Back Slightly in February

– March 24, 2021

“Manufacturers’ new orders for durable goods fell in February but the overall outlook continues to improve with the easing of government lockdowns.” – Robert Hughes

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New Single-Family Home Sales Fell in February

– March 23, 2021

“Despite a drop in February, the single-family housing market remains a bright spot for the economy, supported by low interest rates and strong demand, but headwinds may be forming.” – Robert Hughes

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Existing-Home Sales Fell in February as the Outlook Becomes Clouded

– March 22, 2021

“Existing-home sales fell in February, but tight supply continues to drive prices higher. Higher prices and rising mortgage rates are a threat to the strong performance of housing.” – Robert Hughes

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Weekly Initial Claims Disappoint but Outlook Improving

– March 18, 2021

“Initial claims disappointed in the latest week, but overall remain range bound. Easing government restrictions is supporting a more optimistic outlook.” – Robert Hughes

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Housing Starts and Permits Fall in February

– March 17, 2021

“Home construction activity fell in February though weather may have been a factor. While fundamentals remain strong for the housing market, headwinds are growing.” – Robert Hughes

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Harsh Weather Sank Industrial Output in February

– March 16, 2021

“Industrial output was hurt by severe weather in February, but other recent data suggest the outlook is improving.” – Robert Hughes

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Retail Sales Fell in February But Remain Above Trend

– March 16, 2021

“February retail sales fell from a record high in January. The two months combined indicate a strong first quarter and along with other recent data suggest the outlook is improving.” – Robert Hughes

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Vaccinations and Stimulus Boost Consumer Sentiment in Early March

– March 12, 2021

“Consumer sentiment rose in early March, driven by widening vaccine distribution and anticipated stimulus benefits. Recent data have been supportive of an improving economic outlook.” – Robert Hughes

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