Consumer Confidence is Getting Smacked By These Two Data Points

The Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index®, dropped to 63.4 from 72.0 in February. The Present Situation Index improved to 36.9 from 33.8. The Expectations Index decreased to 81.1 from 97.5 last month.

Lynn Franco, Director of The Conference Board Consumer Research Center comments:

“The sharp decline in confidence was prompted by a sharp decline in expectations. Consumers’ inflation expectations rose significantly in March and their income expectations soured, a combination that will likely impact spending decisions. On the other hand, consumers’ assessment of current conditions improved, indicating that while the short-term future may be uncertain, the economy continues to expand.”

However, at the moment, the SPDR S&P Retail ETF (NYSE:XRT) is rallying and some of the major retailers such as Macy’s (NYSE:M) and Abercrombie & Fitch Co. (NYSE:ANF) are also catching a bid.

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