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Canadian consumer confidence index up from year ago, slightly below Q4 reading

WINNIPEG - A new survey says Canadian consumer confidence at the beginning of 2014 was higher than it was one year ago but slightly lower than at the end of 2013. The Harris/Decima-Investors Group's overall consumer confidence index for the first quarter of 2014 stood at 81.2. That's up from 77.6 in the first quarter of 2013 but down from 84.4 in the fourth quarter of 2013, which marked a three-year high for the index. The index tracks responses to consumer attitudes about what lies ahead for the economy and their own financial situation.

Consumer sentiment hits nine-month high in April

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. consumer sentiment rose in April to its highest in nine months as both current conditions and expectations brightened, a survey released on Friday showed. The Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan's preliminary April reading on the overall index of consumer sentiment came in at 82.6, the highest since July, compared with the final reading of 80.0 in March. It was also above the median forecast of 81.0 among economists polled by Reuters.

Australia consumer sentiment edges higher in April: survey

SYDNEY (Reuters) - A measure of Australian consumer sentiment inched higher for the first time in five months in April as households became more optimistic on the near-term outlook for both the economy and their own finances. The survey of 1,200 people by the Melbourne Institute and Westpac Bank <WBC.AX> showed the index of consumer sentiment rose a seasonally adjusted 0.3 percent in April from March, when it fell 0.7 percent.

Consumers step up spending, but sentiment slips

By Lucia Mutikani WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. consumer spending increased in February, but a dip in sentiment this month offered confirmation that economic growth slowed in the first quarter. The Commerce Department said on Friday that consumer spending rose 0.3 percent last month after gaining 0.2 percent in January. Last month's increase in consumer spending, which accounts for more than two-thirds of U.S. economic activity, matched economists' expectations.

S. Korean consumer sentiment remains strong in March

SEOUL, March 27 (Yonhap) -- South Korean consumer sentiment remained strong in March, staying flat compared with the previous month as economic uncertainty lingers despite improvement in economic activity, the central bank said Thursday. The consumer sentiment index (CSI) came in at 108 for March, unchanged from the previous month, according to the Bank of Korea (BOK). The index is a gauge of consumers' overall economic outlook, living conditions and future spending. In January, the sentiment index reached a 35-month high of 109.

S. Korean consumer sentiment remains strong in March

SEOUL, March 27 (Yonhap) -- South Korean consumer sentiment remained strong in March, staying flat compared with the previous month as economic uncertainty lingers despite improvement in economic activity, the central bank said Thursday. The consumer sentiment index (CSI) came in at 108 for March, unchanged from the previous month, according to the Bank of Korea (BOK). The index is a gauge of consumers' overall economic outlook, living conditions and future spending. In January, the sentiment index reached a 35-month high of 109.

China business confidence dips, loan demand rises: Central bank survey

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's central bank said on Friday that its first-quarter survey of enterprises showed business confidence fell from a year earlier. But a survey of bankers conducted by the People's Bank of showed demand for loans increased from the previous quarter. A separate survey showed that inflation expectations among Chinese households fell in the first quarter from the previous three months. (Reporting by Xiaoyi Shao and Kevin Yao; Editing by Richard Borsuk)

Economic survey index drops slightly but still suggests growth ahead for Midwest, Plains

OMAHA, Neb. - A monthly economic survey index dropped slightly last month but still suggests growth over the next three to six months for nine Midwestern and Plains states, according to a survey report released Monday. The overall Mid-America Business Conditions Index fell to 57.4 in February from 57.7 in January. The business confidence portion of the overall index also dropped last month. It hit a still strong 59.7 from January's 62.2.

Consumer sentiment inches up in February despite harsh weather

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Consumer sentiment rose marginally in February even as concerns about the extreme weather persisted, a survey released on Friday showed. The Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan's final reading on the overall index on consumer sentiment for February came in at 81.6, slightly above the 81.2 in both the preliminary February number and the final January reading. It was also slightly above the median forecast of 81.3 among economists polled by Reuters.

S. Korean consumer sentiment inches down in Feb.

SEOUL, Feb. 26 (Yonhap) -- South Korean consumer sentiment inched down in February from the previous month as economic uncertainty lingers despite improvement in economic activity, the central bank said Wednesday. The consumer sentiment index (CSI) came in at 108 for February, down from a 35-month high of 109 recorded for January, according to the Bank of Korea (BOK). The index is a gauge of consumers' overall economic outlook, living conditions and future spending.
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