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August 2012 - Volume 20, Number 3


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Consumer Confidence Index

Consumer Confidence Index


The national Consumer Confidence Index (CCI) continued to decrease through June, reaching 62 down from 71.6 in February. According to the CCI board, “Income expectations, which had improved last month, declined in June.” As a result, spending is expected to be “restrained in the short-term.” The Rural Mainstreet Index (RMI) for the region fell to 56.7, and in Iowa to 56.1 in June. According to RMI creator Ernie Goss, “The global economic slowdown combined with a stronger U.S. dollar has pushed agriculture and energy prices lower. This is weakening overall growth for the Rural Mainstreet economy.”


Source: Conference Board, “Consumer Confidence Survey,” and Creighton University


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