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Macroeconomics  |  August 31, 2012 17:36:00

U.S. consumer confidence improved in August, ISR

After two months, the weaker U.S. consumer confidence improved, the final survey confirmed the Thomson Reuters / University of Michigan. Households mainly evaluated positively the current economic situation. Job creation was the highest in the last five months and property prices marked the first recovery since half of 2010. However, rising fuel prices and looming tax changes may represent a negative factor for sentiment in the future.Confidence index unexpectedly rose in August for a three month peak of 74.3 points from 72.3 points in July and they exceeded preliminary estimate and a majority consensus 73.6 points. In the same period a year ago, the pointer moved to 55.7 points. Indicator of the current situation in August jumped 88.7 points from 82.7 points in July, the highest level since January 2008. Expectations index fell to an eight-month low 65.1 points from 65.6 points in July and remained in the third month of decline. Estimation of consumer prices for the year increased to 3.6% from 3.0% and for the next 5-10 years to 3.0% from 2.7%.

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