The Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index, which had declined in May, decreased again in June. The Index now stands at 58.5 (1985=100), down from 61.7 in May and to its lowest point since November, 2010. The Present Situation Index decreased to 37.6 from 39.3. The Expectations Index declined to 72.4 from 76.7 last month.
The cutoff date for Junes preliminary results was June 16, 2011.
This months decline in consumer confidence was driven by a less favorable assessment of current conditions and continued pessimism about the short-term outlook,” said Lynn Franco, director of The Conference Board Consumer Research Center. “Consumers rated both current business and labor market conditions less favorably than in May, and fewer consumers than last month foresee conditions improving over the next six months. Inflation fears eased considerably in June, but concerns about income prospects increased. Given the combination of uneasiness about the economic outlook and future earnings, consumers are likely to continue weighing their spending decisions quite carefully.
Consumers appraisal of present conditions was less favorable than in May. Those claiming business conditions are good remained the same at 14.3 percent, while those claiming business conditions are bad increased to 38.0 percent from 37.2 percent. Consumers assessment of the job market was also less favorable. Those stating jobs are hard to get increased to 43.8 percent from 43.5 percent, while those stating jobs are plentiful decreased to 5.2 percent from 5.7 percent.
Consumers short-term outlook, which had weakened in May, declined further in June. The proportion of consumers expecting business conditions to improve over the next six months declined to 16.4 percent from 17.2 percent. However, those anticipating business conditions will worsen decreased to 14.7 percent from 15.4 percent.
Consumers remained pessimistic about the outlook for the job market over the next six months. Those anticipating more jobs in the months ahead declined to 14.2 percent from 16.7 percent, while those expecting fewer jobs remained unchanged at 20.3 percent. The proportion of consumers anticipating an increase in their incomes declined to 13.9 percent from 14.9 percent.