Consumer Sentiment

September 13, 2019 The final estimate of consumer sentiment for September rose by a modest 2.2 points in September to 92.0 after having fallen 8.6 points in August .  Despite the drop the levels for consumer sentiment  in August and September are still quite lofty. ...

Retail Sales

September 13, 2019 Retail sales 0.4% in August.  But that follows gains of 0.4% in April, 0.5% in May, 0.4% in June, and 0.8% in July..    Any way you slice it, consumer spending remains solid.  During the past year retail sales have risen 4.0%, but in the past three...

Unemployment vs. Job Openings

September 10, 2019 The  Labor Department reported that job openings fell 0.4% in July to 7,217 thousand after declining 1.8% in June.  Job openings seem to be bouncing around from month to month at a very elevated level.  Indeed, there are far more job openings today...

Small Business Optimism

September 10, 2019 .Small business optimism fell 1.6 points in August to 103.1 after having risen 1.4 points in July..  The August 2018  level of 108.8  broke the previous record high level of 108.0 set 35 years ago back in July 1983.  The current level of confidence...