Saturday, January 19, 2013

USA Consumer Sentiment Plunges to 1-Year Low!

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USA Consumer Sentiment: Thomson Reuters / University of Michigan

(Reuters) - Consumer sentiment unexpectedly deteriorated for a second straight month to its lowest in over a year in January, with many consumers citing fallout from the recent "fiscal cliff" debate in Washington. The sharp drop in sentiment over the last two months coincides with rancorous federal budget negotiations that have led to higher taxes for many Americans.

USA Consumer Sentiment by Month

USA Consumer Sentiment by Year

"The most unique aspect of the early January data was that an all-time record number of consumers - 35 percent - negatively referred to the fiscal cliff negotiations," survey director Richard Curtin said in a statement. "Importantly, the debt ceiling debate is still upcoming and could further weaken confidence," he said.


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