U.S. homebuilder sentiment slips in December

(Reuters) – U.S. homebuilder sentiment declined slightly in December, though overall sentiment figures among builders remained stronger than in the first half of 2014, the National Association of Home Builders said on Monday. The NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index fell to 57 in December, down one point from 58 in November…

Consumer sentiment in the U.S. nears 8-year high in December

(Reuters) – U.S. consumer sentiment rose in December to a near eight-year high on improved prospects for jobs and wages and on lower gasoline prices, a survey released on Friday showed. The Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan’s preliminary reading on the overall index on consumer sentiment for this month came in at 93.8…

U.S. consumer sentiment rose to its highest level in November

(Reuters) – U.S. consumer sentiment rose in November to its highest level in more than seven years on improvements in the current economic condition, including lower gas prices and improving job prospects, a survey released on Wednesday showed. The Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan’s final November reading…

U.S. consumer sentiment hits over 7-year high in November

NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. consumer sentiment rose in November to a more than seven-year high as falling unemployment and lower gasoline prices boosted views on both current conditions and expectations, a survey released on Friday showed…

U.S. consumer sentiment rises to 86.9 in October, hits 7-year high

(Reuters) – U.S. consumer sentiment rose in October to its highest level since in more than seven years on growing optimism about the economy and more favorable personal financial expectations, a survey released on Friday showed…

U.S. August retail sales up 0.6%, consumer sentiment hits 14-month high

(Reuters) – U.S. retail sales rose broadly in August and consumer sentiment hit a 14-month high in September, which should ease concerns about consumer spending and support expectations for sturdy growth in the third quarter.
The Commerce Department said on Friday retail sales increased 0.6 percent last month…

German Ifo business confidence hits 13-month low in August

(Reuters) – German business sentiment dropped for a fourth straight month in August as concerns about the Ukraine crisis and the impact of sanctions against Russia sweep through corporate boardrooms in Europe’s largest economy.
The Munich-based Ifo think tank’s business climate index…

Japan upgrades economic outlook as tax hike impact fades

(Reuters) – Japan’s government raised its assessment of the economy on Thursday because a decline in consumer spending after a sales tax increase is starting to fade due to improving consumer sentiment and a tight labor market. It was the first time in six months that the government has upgraded its overall assessment…

U.S. consumer sentiment jumps to 6-year high in June

(Reuters) – U.S. consumer sentiment rose in June as consumers remained optimistic the sluggish first quarter was due to difficult winter conditions, a survey released on Friday showed. The Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan’s final June reading on the overall index on consumer sentiment came in at 82.5, up from 81.9 the month before…

U.S. consumer sentiment rises to 84.1 in April, hits 9-month high

(Reuters) – U.S. consumer sentiment rose in April to a nine-month high as views on current and near-term conditions surged, a survey released on Friday showed. The Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan’s final April reading on the overall index of consumer sentiment came in at 84.1, beating an expectation of 83.0 in a Reuters survey and up from 80.0 the month before…

U.S. homebuilder confidence ticks up, but below 50 for third month in April

(Reuters) – U.S. homebuilder sentiment edged up in April but remained mostly dour on lingering concerns about stiff credit conditions for buyers and tight supply of building lots and labor, the National Association of Home Builders said on Tuesday…

U.S. stocks fall sharply amid Ukraine crisis

(Reuters) – U.S. stocks fell sharply on Monday, with the Nasdaq marking its biggest daily percentage drop since early February as some of the market’s recent best performers like technology and biotech shares led the way down. Concerns that the crisis in Ukraine could escalate pushed traders to…

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