Posts Tagged ‘confidence’

US Consumers May Finally Be Ready to Spend Again

The Current Conditions component of the Index of Consumer Sentiment is one of the better indicators of consumer spending. It is suggesting that consumers feel wealthier and better off in general today than they have in many years…If they begin to increase their spending more rapidly, it will boost the entire US and global economy.

2011 Year-End Retail Round Up

As we approach the end of another year, the U.S. economy continues its measured recovery.  Gross Domestic Product grew at a 2.5% annual rate in third quarter 2011, bolstered by consumer spending, investment and exports, and a 1.1% year-over-year increase in non-farm payrolls that resulted in a net gain of roughly 1.5 million new jobs. [...]

Riding on the QE2

The Federal Reserve Board announced last week that it will engage in a policy widely referred to as “Quantitative Easing” or over the next six months. Since this will be the second time this policy is being used to combat the weak economy, it is being widely referred to as QE2. QE2 is a policy [...]

U.S. Office Leasing: To CBD or not to CBD?

21st October 2010 While leasing has improved nationally from third quarter, 2009 to the present, there are differences in the pace of improvement between and within markets and certainly between CBDs (Central Business Districts) and Non CBDs (suburban markets). In the CBDs leasing is up 31.6% year over year while in the suburbs it is [...]

Consumer Confidence Concerns

Although I have been focusing on the importance of the business sector in this recovery, we can never forget the consumer. Even with slower growth, consumer spending in the second quarter of 2010 accounted for 70.3% of total GDP. This is less than the 71.3% it accounted for in early 2009, but still a considerable [...]