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Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index

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.

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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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U.S. Park Rangers at the Lincoln Memorial on the National Mall on October 17, 2013 in Washington, DC.

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U.S. Park Rangers at the Lincoln Memorial on the National Mall on October 17, 2013 in Washington, DC.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 47%

That’s the share of Americans who project the economy will worsen, according to the Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index expectations gauge for October. That’s the largest such share since the collapse of Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. in 2008, Bloomberg’s Ben Schenkel...

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Protesters demonstrate in front of the Capitol in Washington, DC, on October 3, 2013, urging congress to end the federal government shutdown.

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Protesters demonstrate in front of the Capitol in Washington, DC, on October 3, 2013, urging congress to end the federal government shutdown.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: -32

That’s Gallup’s U.S. Economic Confidence Index for Sept. 30-Oct. 2. Gallup’s index, which is based on Americans’ assessments of current economic conditions and perceptions of whether the economy is getting better or worse, fell 13 points from minus 19 on...

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Pedestrians are reflected in a shop window advertising "Prime Retail Space Available" in New York, on July 24, 2013.

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Pedestrians are reflected in a shop window advertising "Prime Retail Space Available" in New York, on July 24, 2013.

Politics Blur Consumer Confidence: Influence of Measures Lessened

The American public’s views of the economy are increasingly colored by politics, making consumer sentiment a less reliable gauge of the outlook for the spending that drives growth. Self-identified Democrats and Republicans surveyed for the Bloomberg Comfort Index are showing...

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Job seekers wait in line to meet with employers at the 25th Annual CUNY big Apple Job and Internship Fair in New York City.

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Job seekers wait in line to meet with employers at the 25th Annual CUNY big Apple Job and Internship Fair in New York City.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 335,500

That’s the average number of people applying for unemployment benefits in the past four weeks, the least since November 2007. About 333,000 people made first-time jobless claims in the week ended Aug. 3, compared with 328,000, 345,000 and 336,000 in...

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Shoppers wait in line during the grand opening of the Fashion Outlets of Chicago mall in Rosemont, Illinois, on Aug. 1, 2013.

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Shoppers wait in line during the grand opening of the Fashion Outlets of Chicago mall in Rosemont, Illinois, on Aug. 1, 2013.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: -27

That’s the Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index for the week ended July 28, the strongest reading in 5 ½ years. The index — ranging from 100 to minus 100 and based on Americans’ views about the economy, their personal finances and...

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Job seekers pick up fliers advertising jobs in Los Angeles, California.

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Job seekers pick up fliers advertising jobs in Los Angeles, California.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 44%

That’s how many Americans say it will be “a long time” before the national economy recovers, according to the Pew Research Center. That compares with 28 percent who say the economy is recovering and 26 percent who say it will...

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