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Economy in Brief

Rasmussen Reports Weekly Deterioration in Consumer & Investor Indexes
by Tom Moeller  May 18, 2012

Consumer opinion regarding the economy deteriorated for most of this week versus the first full week of May, according to the Rasmussen Survey. On average, the Consumer Index slipped to 88.7 from 90.4 last week. That follows a sideways movement since January. However, today's index popped 6.3 points to 93.1, its highest level since late-April and near the high end of its range maintained for most of this year.

The Investor Index similarly moved sideways, with a downward bias, for most of this year. It slipped to 97.8 from 98.2 last week. However, like the consumer index, it jumped 5.9 points today to its highest level in two weeks.

The Rasmussen Consumer and Investor Indexes are derived from nightly telephone surveys of 500 adults (including Saturday and Sunday) and reported on a three-day rolling average basis. It dates back to April 2004. The figures are available in Haver's Daily, Weekly and USECON databases.

Rasmussen Weekly Surveys 05/18/12 05/11/12 05/03/12 Y/Y% 2011 2010 2009
Consumer Index 88.7 90.4 89.4 12.7 75.1 79.4 70.8
Investor Index 97.8 98.2 96.8 4.8 84.5 89.4 78.2
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