Consumer Confidence Increases in May
May 28, 2013,
NEW YORK-Consumer Confidence increased in May, continuing a rise from April, according to The Conference Board, which administers the monthly survey.
The Index now stands at 76.2, up from 69.0 in April. This is the highest it's been since February, 2008, The Conference Board said. The Present Situation Index increased to 66.7 from 61.0. The Expectations Index improved to 82.4 from 74.3 last month.
Consumers' appraisal of present-day conditions improved in May. Those saying business conditions are "good" increased to 18.8 percent from 17.5 percent, while those stating business conditions are "bad" decreased to 26.0 percent from 27.6 percent. Consumers' assessment of the labor market was also more positive. Those claiming jobs are "plentiful" increased to 10.8 percent from 9.7 percent, while those claiming jobs are "hard to get" edged down to 36.1 percent from 36.9 percent.