Consumer Reports Index Shows Stability

The Consumer Reports Index continues to show signs of relative stability without indicating any significant near-term growth. The five indices comprising the Consumer Reports Index are the Consumer Sentiment Index, Trouble Tracker Index, Stress Index, Retail Index and Employment Index. Brief analysis of each index follows.

After taking a significant fall in August and stabilizing in September, the Consumer Reports Retail Index remained fairly steady through October and November. The Retail Index looks at consumer purchases in the past 30 days as well as the outlook for planned purchases in the next 30 days across several categories. Specifically, the Retail Index represents the proportion of respondents that made a purchase in the following categories: major home appliances, small home appliances, major home electronics, personal electronics, and major yard and garden equipment.


The Consumer Reports Index, conducted by the Consumer Reports National Research Center, is a monthly telephone poll of a nationally representative probability sample of telephone households. Interviewing of 1,251 adults aged 18-plus was completed between October 29-November 1, 2009. The margin of error is +/- 2.8 percentage points at a 95% confidence level.

For a category by category analysis of the report on the Retailer Daily site click here.

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