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Consumer sentiment improved in October

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(Read caption) This chart show the annual percent change in consumer sentiment since 2000. Numbers bottomed out in 2008 and have been slow to recover

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Today's final release of the Reuters/University of Michigan Survey of Consumers for October indicated improvement in consumer sentiment with a reading of 60.9 but falling 10.4% below the level seen last year while one year inflation expectations declined to 3.2%.

The Index of Consumer Expectations (a component of the Conference Board's Index of Leading Economic Indicators) rose to 51.8, and the Current Economic Conditions Index climbed to 75.1.

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It's important to recognize that consumer sentiment has seriously eroded over the past few months with the current results remaining near levels not seen since 1980, a major indication that consumers are in the process of tightening even further on spending.