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Friday, July 24, 2009

Consumer Sentiment Falls on Jobs Weakness

The Reuters/University of Michigan consumer sentiment index dipped for the fist time in five months to 66, compared to a market consensus of 65 for July. At the same time the July expectations index increased to 63.2 versus July's preliminary reading of 60.9. The drivers behind this month's declines were derived from weakness in the labor market and wages. This reading implies that consumers remain concerned over the current economic conditions, and will likely keep spending restrained until a brighter outlook for the employment situation emerges.

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