Consumer Blinks as "Consumer Comfort" Collapses Most In 4 Years

Tyler Durden's picture

We have seen three very loud and very clear messages this week on the state of the US consumer's mind. After a few months of extravagance, on the back of what can only be described as depression-fatigue, reality is biting once again. The Bloomberg Consumer Comfort index just missed expectations by its greatest amount in three years and has plunged over the last 5 weeks by the most in four years - dropping back to four-month lows. Do these two messages explain the catastrophe that is JCP's results this quarter? We suspect so as the outlook for the economy (sub-index) has plummeted by the most in 14 months - once again echoing the last two years and the end of the central-bank easing periods exposing the sad reality beneath.

Bloomberg's Consumer Comfort Index missed expectations by the most in 3 years...

And the last 5 weeks have seen the index crash its most in 4 years...

As econoimic expectations plunge...

 

Charts: Bloomberg