Consumer Confidence Index Improves in Oct.
October 26, 2010,
NEW YORK-The Consumer Confidence Index finished this month at 50.2, up from 48.6 in September.
The key indicator, which is compiled each month by The Conference Board, rose based on slight increases in its two component indexes, Present Situation and Expectations. The former edged up 0.6 point to 23.9, while the latter gained 2.3 points to 67.8.
Lynn Franco, director of The Conference Board's Consumer Research Center, said, notwithstanding the index's overall increase, consumer confidence "is still hovering at historically low levels." Franco said labor market conditions have yet to significantly improve, and consumers are showing that they continue to be concerned about the future outlook.