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Consumer Sentiment In September Remains Flat

Consumer confidence toward the overall economy remains flat, while expectations about technology spending rose slightly in September, according to the latest data released today by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA).

The CEA Index of Consumer Expectations (ICE), which measures consumer sentiment about the U.S. economy as a whole, increased 0.4 points from August to reach 170.5.

“After a volatile market correction last month, September’s sentiment toward the overall economy remains flat,” said Shawn DuBravac, CEA’s chief economist. “Depressed levels of sentiment serve as a cautionary note heading into the holiday season. October’s CEA Index will be a key metric as we head into the final months of the year.”

The CEA Index of Consumer Technology Expectations (ICTE), which measures consumer expectations about technology spending, increased 2.1 points to reach 88.8 in September. The ICTE for the month of September remains lower year-over-year.

“In recent months, consumer attitudes toward tech purchases have mirrored overall sentiment,” said DuBravac. “Should sentiment not pick up in October, expect to see retailers and manufacturers seek to stoke demand in the coming weeks in advance of the holiday shopping season.”

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