Bloomberg by the Numbers: 87 pct

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Volunteers at a food bank in Ft. Belvoir, Virginia.

That’s the share of Americans who rate the national economy as “not so good” or “poor,” according to the Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index, which also asks people to rate their personal finances and the buying climate.

The 87 percent figure for the week ended July 29 is the highest since February.

The last time the figure stood below 80 percent was in March 2008.

The overall index was minus 39.7 on a scale of minus 100 to plus 100.

That’s very close to the minus 40 threshold that “indicates severe economic discontent,” according to a written analysis by Langer Research Associates, which produces the index.


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