Final Results for May 2022
May Apr May M-M Y-Y
2022 2022 2021 Change Change
Index of Consumer Sentiment 58.4 65.2 82.9 -10.4% -29.6%
Current Economic Conditions 63.3 69.4 89.4 -8.8% -29.2%
Index of Consumer Expectations 55.2 62.5 78.8 -11.7% -29.9%
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Next data release: Friday, June 10, 2022 for Preliminary June data at 10am ET

Surveys of Consumers Marks Leadership Change

Surveys of Consumers Director Joanne Hsu
The final May reading confirmed the early month decline in consumer sentiment, which fell 10.4% below April and reverted to virtually the same level of sentiment seen in March. This recent drop was largely driven by continued negative views on current buying conditions for houses and durables, as well as consumers’ future outlook for the economy, primarily due to concerns over inflation. At the same time, consumers expressed less pessimism over future prospects for their personal finances than over future business conditions. Less than one quarter of consumers expected to be worse off financially a year from now. Looking into the long term, a majority of consumers expected their financial situation to improve over the next five years; this share is essentially unchanged during 2022. A stable outlook for personal finances may currently support consumer spending. Still, persistently negative views of the economy may come to dominate personal factors in influencing consumer behavior in the future.