Americans’ confidence eased from a 16-year high last week, though relatively high optimism should continue to support spending, according to Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index figures released Thursday.
Highlights of Consumer Comfort (Week Ended Sept. 3)
Consumer comfort measure fell to 52.6 from 53.3, first decline in eight weeks Gauge of views on the economy declined to 53.9 from 54.4 Index of personal finances improved to 59.9, highest since early June, from 59.3 Index of buying climate declined to 44.1, a five-week low, from 46.1
Even with the decline, sentiment has been strong in 2017, with the best yearly average since 2001. That indicates consumer spending — which accounts for 70 percent of the economy — is likely to remain steady. Most of last week’s drop came from worsening views on the buying climate, which may be the result of rising gasoline prices after Hurricane Harvey inundated Houston and other parts of the