Index numbers http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/29927/all en 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 US consumer confidence index plunges in March http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130326/us-consumer-confidence-index-plunges-march <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 plunged in March after February's jump, the Conference Board reported Tuesday.</p> <p>The Conference Board's index lost 8.3 points to 59.7, with consumer views of both the present situation and the future diminishing from February.</p> <p>The fall came as the government's sharp "sequester" budget cuts came into force at the beginning of March, and federal agencies announced they would trim contracting and begin forced unpaid furloughs of workers from April.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130326/us-consumer-confidence-index-plunges-march" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Economics Index numbers Terminology AFP Tue, 26 Mar 2013 14:16:55 +0000 5794246 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 smaller firms-biz outlook http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/yonhap-news-agency/130327/smaller-firms-biz-outlook <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) -- The business outlook for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) rose for the second straight month in March on hopes for an economic recovery, a poll showed Wednesday.</p> <p>The Korea Federation of Small and Medium Business' survey on 1,394 businesses showed the small business health index (SBHI) stood at 90.6 for next month, up 3.4 points from the previous month.</p> <p>An index reading below 100 means pessimists outnumber optimists. The index took an upward move in February for the first time in five months.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/yonhap-news-agency/130327/smaller-firms-biz-outlook" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Index numbers Yonhap News Agency Wed, 27 Mar 2013 06:00:40 +0000 5794991 at http://www.globalpost.com Eurozone confidence slips in March after recent gains http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130327/eurozone-confidence-slips-march-after-recent-gains <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>A combined reading of business and consumer confidence in the 17-state eurozone slipped back in March after recent gains, the European Commission said Wednesday.</p> <p>The Commission said its key confidence index in March fell 1.1 points from February to 90 points, reflecting a downturn in the manufacturing and service sectors while consumer sentiment was steady overall.</p> <p>For manufacturing alone, the confidence index shed 1.2 points in March while services, the major part of the economy and which had been on the rise since October, lost 1.4 points on concerns over future orders.</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.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/130327/eurozone-confidence-slips-march-after-recent-gains" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Consumer Confidence Index Economy of the European Union Index numbers AFP Wed, 27 Mar 2013 12:15:33 +0000 5795223 at http://www.globalpost.com business sentiment-April http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/yonhap-news-agency/130328/business-sentiment-april <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 29 (Yonhap) -- South Korean manufacturers' business confidence for April rose to its highest level in nine months due to seasonal factors and hopes for the economic recovery, the central bank said Friday.</p> <p>The index gauging manufacturers' outlook on business conditions came in at 80 for April, up from 76 recorded for March, according to a monthly survey by the Bank of Korea (BOK). The index measures manufacturers' expectations for the coming month.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://english.yonhapnews.co.kr" class="button wire yonhap"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Yonhap News Agency, 2013.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/yonhap-news-agency/130328/business-sentiment-april" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Consumer Confidence Index Economic indicators Index numbers Yonhap News Agency Thu, 28 Mar 2013 21:16:49 +0000 5796617 at http://www.globalpost.com Estonia's year-on-year inflation was 3.5% in March http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/asianet/130409/estonias-year-year-inflation-was-35-march <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> According to Statistics Estonia, the increase of the consumer price index was 0.7% in March 2013 compared to February and 3.5% compared to March of the previous year.</p><P>Goods were 2.4% and services 5.5% more expensive compared to March of the previous year. Regulated prices of goods and services have risen by 1.9% and non-regulated prices by 4.0% compared to March of the previous year.</p><P>Compared to March 2012, the consumer price index was mainly influenced by housing expenditures, which gave a half of the total increase.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/asianet/130409/estonias-year-year-inflation-was-35-march" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Index numbers Price indices Statistics Asianet Tue, 09 Apr 2013 14:51:30 +0000 Asianet 5807400 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 Aussie business conditions deteriorate in March despite improvement in confidence: NAB survey http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/asianet/130411/aussie-business-conditions-deteriorate-march-despite-improvement-confid <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> Business conditions in Australia have slumped to a four-year low in March, despite a slight rise in business confidence, a monthly business survey released on Tuesday by National Australia Bank (NAB) found.</p><P>The NAB survey showed business conditions fell four points to an index level of minus seven in March, the lowest level since May 2009.</p><P>However, business confidence improved one index point to plus two in March.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/asianet/130411/aussie-business-conditions-deteriorate-march-despite-improvement-confid" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Index numbers Measurement Statistics Asianet Thu, 11 Apr 2013 12:19:33 +0000 Asianet 5811086 at http://www.globalpost.com AFP Americas News Agenda for April 12 http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130411/afp-americas-news-agenda-april-12 <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>Duty Editor: Joseph Krauss</p> <p> Tel: + 1 202 414 0541</p> <p>What's happening in the Americas on Friday:</p> <p>CARACAS: Venezuela prepares to go to the polls on Sunday for a presidential election pitting acting leader Nicolas Maduro against opposition rival Henrique Capriles in the race to replace Hugo Chavez (VENEZUELA-VOTE)</p> <p>WASHINGTON: The US Department of Commerce releases data on March retail sales. 1230 GMT. Expect coverage (US-ECONOMY-RETAIL-SALES)</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/130411/afp-americas-news-agenda-april-12" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Index numbers Price indices Venezuela AFP Thu, 11 Apr 2013 21:31:49 +0000 5812569 at http://www.globalpost.com U.S. consumer confidence drops to 9-month low in April http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/asianet/130415/us-consumer-confidence-drops-9-month-low-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> U.S. consumer confidence plunged to a 9-month low in April, the Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan index of consumer sentiment revealed on Friday.</p><P>The preliminary reading of the consumer sentiment, which records the figure for the first half of a month, edged down to 72. 3 in April from 78.6 in the previous month.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/asianet/130415/us-consumer-confidence-drops-9-month-low-april" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Economics Index numbers Statistics Asianet Mon, 15 Apr 2013 18:58:25 +0000 Asianet 5816367 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 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