Jan 29, 2013 — Though there have been other signs to indicate that the economy is on the upswing, many Americans aren't feeling all that good about how things are going.The private Conference Board reports that its widely watched consumer confidence index fell to 58.6 in January from 66.7 in December.
Oct 29, 2012 — There was a 0.8 percent rise from August to September. Since consumer spending accounts for more than two-thirds of economic activity, it is crucial.
Oct 12, 2012 — The rise could spell good news for the economy if it means the crucial holiday shopping season will bring strong sales for retailers. It also might be an indicator of how voters will be feeling when they go to the polls.
May 29, 2012 — While one group's measure hit its highest level since 2007, another's declined in May.
May 25, 2012 — According to the latest Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan survey, confidence has risen to a level not seen since late 2007. And if confidence is on the rise, that could affect both the economy and the 2012 campaign.
Apr 24, 2012 — After a slight decline in March, the widely watched consumer confidence index from the private Conference Board "was virtually unchanged in April," the research group reports.
Jan 31, 2012 — An increase in gas prices may have tempered consumers' confidence.
Oct 25, 2011 — The widely watched consumer confidence index from the Conference Board has fallen to a level not seen since the economy was officially in recession two years ago.
Aug 30, 2011 — A widely watched gauge of consumers' mood is at a two-year low. That could be a warning sign for consumer spending in coming months.
Jun 28, 2011 — Since consumers buy about 70 percent of all goods and services, their mood is a critical indicator of how strong the economy will be in coming months. The index that gauges confidence is more than 40 points below the reading for a healthy economy.