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Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index

Shoppers on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, California.

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Shoppers on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, California.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 283

That’s how many weeks since the Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index was higher than last week’s reading. The index rose to minus 27.5 in the period ended June 30 from minus 28.3 a week earlier to reach its highest level since...

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Shoppers at an outdoor mall in San Antonio, Texas.

Photograph by Jennifer Whitney/Bloomberg

Shoppers at an outdoor mall in San Antonio, Texas.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: -32.5

That’s the Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index average this year, the highest since 2007. The weekly gauge can range from 100 to minus 100 and is based on Americans’ views about the national economy, their personal finances and the buying climate....

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A home under construction in Glenelg, Maryland, on May 30, 2013.

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A home under construction in Glenelg, Maryland, on May 30, 2013.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 24%

That’s the share of Americans who have a positive feeling about the national economy, according to the Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index for the week ended June 2. While more than three-fourths of respondents said the economy was either “not so...

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Wanda Doerksen squeegees the patio doors of her home as she prepares for an open house in Eugene, Oregon.

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Wanda Doerksen squeegees the patio doors of her home as she prepares for an open house in Eugene, Oregon.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: -20.7

That’s the Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index among homeowners, the highest reading in more than five years. The index was minus 44.7 among renters. It was minus 29.4 for all respondents in the week ended May 19, compared to minus 30.2...

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Canadians were most upbeat, with 82 percent registering a “good” rating of their finances.

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Canadians were most upbeat, with 82 percent registering a “good” rating of their finances.

Households Rate Their Finances Above Their Government’s

When it comes to making ends meet, consumers say they are doing a better job than their governments. Consumers around the world are more optimistic about their personal finances than those of their national economies, according to a 39-country survey...

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Customers shop at a Macy's Inc. store in New York.

Photograph by Victor J. Blue/Bloomberg

Customers shop at a Macy's Inc. store in New York.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: -30.2

That’s the Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index for the week ended May 12. The index, which is based on Americans’ opinions about the economy, the buying climate and their own finances, fell from minus 29.5 in the prior week. It can...

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The Strip in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Photograph by Ronda Churchill/Bloomberg

The Strip in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Staycations Yield to Vegas, Margaritaville: Sure Rebound Signs

DJ Steve Aoki sprayed champagne on attendees before selecting some to surf the crowd on an inflatable raft during opening week of the Hakkasan night club in Las Vegas last month. The five-story, $100 million-plus addition to the MGM Grand...

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Pedestrians carry shopping bags on Market Street in San Francisco.

Photograph by David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

Pedestrians carry shopping bags on Market Street in San Francisco.

Political Independents Finally Lose Recession Blues

Looking at consumer confidence, political independents are in a Christmas holiday mood — if we look back to 2007. Sentiment among those without a party affiliation climbed last week to the highest level since the week ended December 23, 2007,...

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Job seekers fill out applications during the NYC Restaurant Job Expo at the Gabarron Foundation in New York, on April 9, 2013.

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Job seekers fill out applications during the NYC Restaurant Job Expo at the Gabarron Foundation in New York, on April 9, 2013.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 339,000

That’s how many first-time claims for U.S. unemployment benefits were filed in the week ended April 20. The number represents a six-week low and a decrease of 16,000 from the 355,000 applications for jobless assistance filed the previous week. “Fewer...

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Customers try out mattresses in the showroom of an Ikea store in the Brooklyn borough of New York.

Photograph by Victor J. Blue/Bloomberg

Customers try out mattresses in the showroom of an Ikea store in the Brooklyn borough of New York.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: -29.2

That’s the Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index in the week ended April 14, the highest since January 2008. The index, which asks U.S. consumers for their views on the economy, buying climate and personal finances, rose 4.8 points from minus 34...

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