February 2012 - Volume 20, Number 1
Consumer Confidence Index
The national Consumer Confidence Index (CCI) increased again in December, to 64.5. According to the Conference Board, “The ... Index is now back to levels seen last spring (April 2011, 66.0). Consumers’ assessment of current business and labor market conditions improved again” in December. The RMI for Iowa advanced to 56.3 from 51.7 in November. Rural Mainstreet Index creator Ernie Goss said, “While slower global economic growth, higher energy costs, and softer agriculture commodity prices will mean somewhat slower growth ... our surveys continue to show healthy growth for the area.”
Source: Conference Board, “Consumer Confidence Survey,” and Creighton University
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