Consumer confidence in US surges

Consumer confidence in US surges

NEW YORK - Agence France-Presse
Consumer confidence in the United States surged to a five-year high in June, besting analyst expectations by a wide margin, the Conference Board has said.

Consumer confidence stood at 81.4 in June, up from the revised 74.3 in May and well above the 75 forecast by analysts.

The June figure represents the third straight monthly increase and takes the index to its highest level since January 2008, the Conference Board said on June 25.

“Consumers are considerably more positive about current business and labor market conditions than they were at the beginning of the year,” said Lynn Franco, director of economic indicators at the Conference Board.

“Expectations have also improved considerably over the past several months, suggesting the pace of growth is unlikely to slow in the short-term, and may even moderately pick up.” Most of the report’s vectors pointed in a positive direction. Consumers who see jobs as “plentiful” increased to 11.7 percent from 9.9 percent, though those claiming jobs are “hard to get” also rose to 36.9 percent from 36.4 percent.

Consumers expecting business conditions to improve over the next six months increased to 20.3 percent from 18.7 percent.

“Consumers are confident and that is leading to purchases of big-ticket items and more business investment,” said Joel Naroff, an economist.