Yesterday Fedesarrollo published the latest Consumer Confidence data for May, and it was slightly better than expected.
The reading of -14.7% was better than the -16.1% consensus and above the April number of -17.5%. In context we haven’t hadn’t had a positive reading since March 2019 (+1.2%) – but the confidence reading has seen a lot of volatility over the past few years, since the -41.3% number in March 2020.
In terms of consumer expectations, we saw an improvement from -7.4% to -3.5%.
All three sub-sectors saw improvements:
- Do you think that within a year your household will economically do better, worse or the same as now?
- Do you think that within the next twelve months we will have good or bad economic times?
- Do you think that the country’s economic conditions will be better or worse within a year than they currently are?
Moving onto economic conditions there was a modest improvement from -32.6% to -31.5%, but versus 12 months ago (-61.7%) there is clearly a sizable move upwards. One noteworthy improvement (-23.4% to -17.9%) was in the area ‘Do you think that your household is economically doing better or worse than a year ago?’
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Moving onto propensity to buy we saw improvements in all sectors, with housing the standout move.
- Housing -22.6% (from -33%).
- Durable Goods -41.7% (from -45.1%).
- Vehicles -59.3% (from -63.3%).
Next stop Retail and Industrial Confidence on June 23.
Link to Full Report : https://www.fedesarrollo.org.co/encuestas/consumidor-eoc
That is about it for today – remember these are just themes that jump out at me – please refer to your local analyst, economist, salesperson or soothsayer for more details.
My regards to all,