University of Michigan Index
UNDERSTAND CONSUMER ATTITUDES AND EXPECTATIONS ABOUT THE US ECONOMY
The monthly Reuters & University of Michigan Index is a surveys of consumers gauging how consumers feel the economic environment will change. The survey's Index of Consumer Expectations is an official component of the US Index of Leading Economic Indicators.
WITH REUTERS/UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN SURVEYS OF CONSUMERS, YOU CAN:
- Get up-to-date information on consumer attitudes – survey results are released twice each month at 10.00am Eastern Time: preliminary estimates usually on the second Friday of each month, and final results on the fourth Friday.
- Access exclusive conference calls – scheduled at 10.00 am Eastern Time on each release date, these calls provide extra insight.
- Explore attitudes in detail – with monthly in-depth reports of changes in consumer confidence, the factors that prompted the changes, and the implications for future developments in consumer spending and saving.
WHY CHOOSE REUTERS/UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN SURVEYS OF CONSUMERS?
- Exclusive distribution from Thomson Reuters: Effective January 1, 2007, Reuters has the exclusive right to distribute the headline survey index numbers through its news and media services. And our customers enjoy a more in-depth view of this important data, with greater transparency and disclosure of the survey results.
- Comprehensive coverage: The monthly Surveys of Consumers includes a comprehensive array of survey measures, with around 50 core questions that cover consumers’ assessments of their personal financial situation, overall economic conditions, and buying attitudes.
- Worldwide adoption: Three dozen other countries in Europe, Asia, North America and South America now regularly monitor consumer sentiment through studies patterned after the Surveys of Consumers.
- Pioneer and pacesetter: The Surveys of Consumers have been conducted by the Survey Research Center at the University of Michigan since 1946. They remain the pacesetter in the use of the data for understanding the influence of consumer spending and saving decisions on the course of the national economy.
- Proven accuracy: Data from the Surveys of Consumers have proved to be accurate indicators of the future course of the national economy. The data are widely used by a broad range of business firms, financial institutions, and federal agencies. The Index of Consumer Expectations is an official component of the Index of Leading Economic Indicators, devised by the US Department of Commerce. Each component is selected on its predictive performance, economic significance, and statistical characteristics. No other consumer survey meets these rigorous criteria.