Consumer behaviour http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/28442/all en WRAPUP 3-U.S. home prices see best yearly gain since 2006 http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130129/wrapup-us-home-prices-see-best-yearly-gain-2006 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Home prices rise in Nov, best yearly gain since 2006</p> <p>* Consumer confidence drops in Jan as tax concerns hit</p> <p>* Homeownership rate slips in fourth quarter</p> <p>By Leah Schnurr</p> <p>NEW YORK, Jan 29 (Reuters) - U.S. home prices rose in November, climbing more than five percent from a year ago in the biggest increase since August 2006 when the housing market was starting to collapse.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130129/wrapup-us-home-prices-see-best-yearly-gain-2006" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Consumer behaviour Consumer confidence Entertainment Finance Public finance Tax Thomson Reuters Tue, 29 Jan 2013 16:02:01 +0000 5741041 at http://www.globalpost.com Global consumer confidence dips, Indians still most optimistic http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130204/global-consumer-confidence-dips-indians-still-most-optimistic <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Global consumers cautious on 12-month outlook * Sentiment strongest in India, Southeast Asia * Greeks most pessimistic after slump in confidence * Norway most optimistic among developed markets By Susan Fenton LONDON, Feb 4 (Reuters) - Global consumer confidence dipped at the end of last year, a survey showed on Monday, and more than 60 percent of respondents said the next 12 months would not be a good time to spend. Concerns about U.S.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130204/global-consumer-confidence-dips-indians-still-most-optimistic" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Consumer behaviour Economics Human Interest Index numbers Thomson Reuters Mon, 04 Feb 2013 13:15:52 +0000 5745316 at http://www.globalpost.com US consumer confidence rebounds in February http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130226/us-consumer-confidence-rebounds-february <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>US consumer confidence surged sharply higher in February, snapping three straight months of declines, the Conference Board reported Tuesday.</p> <p>The Conference Board's February consumer confidence index jumped to 69.6 from 58.4 in January, well above the average analyst estimate of a 62.0 reading.</p> <p>Overall confidence grew in both consumers' outlook on current business and labor market conditions and their expectations for conditions six months in advance were "cautiously optimistic," the research firm said in a statement.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130226/us-consumer-confidence-rebounds-february" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Consumer behaviour Consumer confidence Index numbers AFP Tue, 26 Feb 2013 16:16:53 +0000 5767374 at http://www.globalpost.com German consumer confidence edges up slightly: survey http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130227/german-consumer-confidence-edges-slightly-survey <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Consumer confidence in Germany is continuing to rise amid growing optimism that Europe's biggest economy has put the worst of the debt crisis behind it, a poll found on Wednesday.</p> <p>Market research company GfK said its household confidence index was forecast to inch upwards to 5.9 points in March from 5.8 points in February, a statement said.</p> <p>GfK said that both consumers' economic expectations and their willingness to spend are continuing to rise, even if their income expectations have slipped slightly.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130227/german-consumer-confidence-edges-slightly-survey" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Consumer behaviour Consumer confidence Economy of the European Union Europe AFP Wed, 27 Feb 2013 07:45:47 +0000 5768143 at http://www.globalpost.com US stocks higher amid mixed economic data http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130326/us-stocks-higher-amid-mixed-economic-data <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>US stocks marched higher Tuesday despite a mixed bag of economic indicators showing strength in the housing market but a fall in consumer confidence.</p> <p>An hour into trade, the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 104.27 (0.72 percent) to 14,552.02.</p> <p>The broad-based S&amp;P 500 jumped 9.25 (0.60 percent) to 1,560.94, while the tech-rich Nasdaq Composite Index increased 14.18 (0.44 percent) to 3,249.48.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130326/us-stocks-higher-amid-mixed-economic-data" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Consumer behaviour Consumer confidence Dow Jones Industrial Average AFP Tue, 26 Mar 2013 15:00:33 +0000 5794290 at http://www.globalpost.com US stocks higher amid mixed economic data http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130326/us-stocks-higher-amid-mixed-economic-data-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>US stocks marched higher Tuesday despite a mixed bag of economic indicators showing strength in the housing market but a fall in consumer confidence.</p> <p>An hour into trade, the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 104.27 (0.72 percent) to 14,552.02.</p> <p>The broad-based S&amp;P 500 jumped 9.25 (0.60 percent) to 1,560.94, while the tech-rich Nasdaq Composite Index increased 14.18 (0.44 percent) to 3,249.48.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130326/us-stocks-higher-amid-mixed-economic-data-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Consumer behaviour Consumer confidence Dow Jones Industrial Average AFP Tue, 26 Mar 2013 15:00:57 +0000 5794294 at http://www.globalpost.com consumer sentiment-March tally http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/yonhap-news-agency/130326/consumer-sentiment-march-tally <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Yonhap News Agency </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>SEOUL, March 27 (Yonhap) -- South Korean consumers' confidence rose to the highest level in 10 months in March due to signs of the global economic recovery and the new government's economic stimulus measures, the central bank said Wednesday.</p> <p>The consumer sentiment index (CSI) -- a gauge of consumers' overall economic outlook, living conditions and future spending -- came in at 104 for March, up from 102 tallied for the previous month, according to a monthly survey by the Bank of Korea (BOK).</p> <p>The March reading marked the highest level since 106 recorded for May 2012.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/yonhap-news-agency/130326/consumer-sentiment-march-tally" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Consumer behaviour Consumer confidence Index numbers Yonhap News Agency Tue, 26 Mar 2013 21:32:15 +0000 5794731 at http://www.globalpost.com Euro zone sentiment drops in March, ends four months of gains http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130327/euro-zone-sentiment-drops-march-ends-four-months-gains <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Confidence in the euro zone's economy worsened in March, falling after four straight months of gains, the European Commission said on Wednesday.</p> <p>Economic sentiment in the 17 countries using the euro decreased by a worse-than-expected 1.1 points to 90.0. Economists polled by Reuters had expected a decline to 90.4.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130327/euro-zone-sentiment-drops-march-ends-four-months-gains" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Consumer behaviour Economy of the European Union Symbols of the European Union Thomson Reuters Wed, 27 Mar 2013 10:45:03 +0000 5795150 at http://www.globalpost.com Australian consumer confidence falls in April http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/asianet/130410/australian-consumer-confidence-falls-april <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Asianet </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p></p><P> Australian consumer confidence stumbled unexpectedly in April after strong gains in the past two months, a survey released on Wednesday by the Westpac Banking Corp and Melbourne Institute found.</p><P>The Westpac/Melbourne Institute index of consumer sentiment fell by 5.1 percent in April to 104.9 points, from 110.5 in March. A reading above 100 indicates optimists outnumber pessimists among respondents.</p><P>Westpac chief economist Bill Evans said a 5.1 percent fall in consumer sentiment in April was not expected.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/asianet/130410/australian-consumer-confidence-falls-april" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Consumer behaviour Consumer confidence Index numbers Asianet Wed, 10 Apr 2013 19:15:53 +0000 Asianet 5809525 at http://www.globalpost.com Japan consumer mood in March at highest in almost 6 yrs-govt http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130417/japan-consumer-mood-march-at-highest-almost-six-years-governmen <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese consumer confidence improved in March to the highest level in almost six years, a Cabinet Office survey showed on Wednesday, indicating that aggressive government and central bank policies are having their desired effect.</p> <p>The survey's sentiment index for general households, which includes views on incomes and jobs, was 44.8 in March, which was the highest since May 2007. That was also up from a revised 44.2 in February.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2013.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130417/japan-consumer-mood-march-at-highest-almost-six-years-governmen" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Consumer behaviour Consumer confidence Index numbers Political geography Technology Thomson Reuters Wed, 17 Apr 2013 06:00:03 +0000 5818021 at http://www.globalpost.com Euro zone consumer confidence rises in April http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130422/euro-zone-consumer-confidence-rises-april <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Consumer morale in the euro zone improved in April, the European Commission said on Monday, but remained well below the currency area's long-term average.</p> <p>The Commission said consumer confidence in the 17-member euro zone rose to -22.3 this month from a March figure of -23.5.</p> <p>The reading beat expectations of economists polled by Reuters, who had expected a deterioration to -23.85.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2013.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130422/euro-zone-consumer-confidence-rises-april" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Consumer behaviour Economy of the European Union Symbols of the European Union Thomson Reuters Mon, 22 Apr 2013 14:30:04 +0000 5822283 at http://www.globalpost.com German consumer confidence rises http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130430/german-consumer-confidence-rises <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>German consumer confidence remains robust, apparently shrugging off -- at least for now -- fears of a possible resurgence of the euro crisis, a poll found on Tuesday.</p> <p>Political gridlock in Italy and the Cyprus crisis have not substantially soured sentiment in Europe's biggest economy so far, market research company GfK said in a statement.</p> <p>GfK's household confidence index was forecast to rise to 6.2 points in May from 6.0 points in April, a statement said.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130430/german-consumer-confidence-rises" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Consumer behaviour Consumer confidence Economics Technology AFP Tue, 30 Apr 2013 06:30:17 +0000 5828264 at http://www.globalpost.com German consumer confidence up but retail sales slip http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130430/german-consumer-confidence-retail-sales-slip <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Consumer confidence in Germany, Europe's biggest economy, rose again this month, apparently shrugging off fears of a possible resurgence of the euro crisis, even as retail sales slipped, data showed on Tuesday.</p> <p>The market research company GfK found in its regular monthly consumer climate survey that political gridlock in Italy and the Cyprus crisis have not substantially soured sentiment in Europe's biggest economy so far. </p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130430/german-consumer-confidence-retail-sales-slip" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Consumer behaviour Consumer confidence Index numbers retail Technology AFP Tue, 30 Apr 2013 08:31:16 +0000 5828301 at http://www.globalpost.com US consumer confidence rebounds in April http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130430/us-consumer-confidence-rebounds-april <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>US consumer confidence picked up in April after falling the prior month, the Conference Board reported Tuesday.</p> <p>The Conference Board's consumer confidence index rose to 68.1 points from a revised 61.9 in March.</p> <p>Consumers expectations about the short-term economic outlook and their income prospects improved, but the research firm cautioned that the effects of the January 1 payroll tax hike and the sharp government spending cuts that began March 1 were weighing on sentiment.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130430/us-consumer-confidence-rebounds-april" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Consumer behaviour Consumer Confidence Index Index numbers AFP Tue, 30 Apr 2013 14:30:31 +0000 5828526 at http://www.globalpost.com Survey: US service firms expand at slower pace in April, held back by new orders, hiring http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/130503/survey-us-service-firms-expand-at-slower-pace-april-held-bac <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Canadian Press </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>WASHINGTON - U.S. service firms expanded at a slower pace in April than March, restrained by weaker growth in hiring and new orders.</p> <p>The Institute for Supply Management says its index of non-manufacturing activity fell to 53.1 in April from 54.4 in March. Any reading above 50 indicates expansion.</p> <p>The report measures growth in industries that cover 90 per cent of the work force, including retail, construction, health care and financial services.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/the-canadian-press/130503/survey-us-service-firms-expand-at-slower-pace-april-held-bac" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Consumer behaviour Consumer confidence Health Labor Macroeconomics Social Issues The Canadian Press Fri, 03 May 2013 16:00:37 +0000 5830485 at http://www.globalpost.com