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Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index

Shoppers in New York City.

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Shoppers in New York City.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 34.7

A weekly buying-climate gauge rose to 34.7 on a zero-to-100 scale in the week ended July 13. That’s the best reading for the buying-climate sub-index since late April, and the second-strongest since November 2007, according to Langer Research Associates. It...

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Inside The San Diego Veteran Job Fair As Jobless Claims In U.S. Climb

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Bloomberg by the Numbers: 48.5

A monthly Bloomberg expectations gauge rose to 48.5 in June, the highest level in one year. “Sustained improvement in the labor market and modest wage gains appear to be offsetting rising food and gasoline costs,” Joseph Brusuelas, senior economist at Bloomberg LP,...

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Students training to become electrical linemen ascend poles during class at Los Angeles Trade-Technical College on March 12, 2014.

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Students training to become electrical linemen ascend poles during class at Los Angeles Trade-Technical College on March 12, 2014.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 4.6

On its current trendline, the Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index would reach its pre-recession level in 4.6 years. Based on its growth rate since June 2009, when the recession officially ended, the index would finally reach its pre-recession reading of 45.3...

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Shoppers at a dealership in New York City.

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Shoppers at a dealership in New York City.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: -30.1

The Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index averaged minus 30.1 in the first three months of this year. That’s the strongest first-quarter rating for the consumer sentiment gauge since 2007, before the biggest economic downturn since the Great Depression took hold. The...

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Customers at a Uniqlo Co. store in New York City.

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Customers at a Uniqlo Co. store in New York City.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 2.9

Consumer comfort has taken a hit lately — at all economic strata: – The Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index for Americans earning at least $100,000 per year was 2.9 in the week ended Feb. 2, the lowest among that group since...

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A salesman assists a customer at the GEARYS Rodeo Drive Rolex Group store in Beverly Hills on Dec. 9, 2013.

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A salesman assists a customer at the GEARYS Rodeo Drive Rolex Group store in Beverly Hills on Dec. 9, 2013.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: -28.4

The Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index rose to minus 28.4 in the week ended Jan. 5. The index, which asks Americans to rate the national economy, the buying climate and their personal finances, improved from minus 28.7. “Growing employment opportunities, higher...

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The Port of Oakland in California.

Photograph by David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

The Port of Oakland in California.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 2%

That’s how much gross domestic product was projected to grow in the third quarter on an annualized basis, according to a Bloomberg survey of 69 economists before a report today. That would mean slower economic growth in July, August and...

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