The Consumer Does Not Find this to be Entertainment (Duh)

Friday, November 13, 2009 , 1 Comments

And I quote the Bloomberg: "Consumer Sentiment Unexpectedly Falls"

Unexpectedly, LMAO, you didn't think the consumer would be thrilled with losing their job and being a paycheck away from blowing tricks in alleys just to pay the mortgage, now did you?


Confidence among U.S. consumers unexpectedly dropped in November as the loss of jobs threatened to undermine the biggest part of the economy.

The Reuters/University of Michigan preliminary sentiment index decreased to a three-month low of 66 from 70.6 in October. A report from the Commerce Department showed the trade deficit widened in September by the most in a decade as rising demand for imported oil and automobiles swamped a fifth consecutive gain in exports.

Rising joblessness puts the economy at risk of slipping into a vicious circle of firings and declines in consumer spending that will limit the emerging recovery. The dollar’s 12 percent decline since March and growing demand from Asia and Europe will probably spur exports further, giving factories a lift and making up for some of the weakness among households.

“Consumers face a lot of headwinds, and rising unemployment is the No. 1 worry,” said David Sloan, a senior economist at 4Cast Inc. in New York, whose forecast for confidence was the lowest of economists surveyed. “The recovery, in its early stages, will be led by increases in manufacturing rather than by consumers. Markets in Asia are rebounding quite nicely.”

The U.S. trade gap widened 18 percent to the highest level since January, the Commerce Department said. Imports rose 5.8 percent, the most since March 1993, as the cost of a barrel of crude climbed to the highest level since October 2008 and volumes also rose. Exports increased 2.9 percent, propelled by sales of aircraft and industrial machines.

I repeat: "unexpected" LOL. No wonder economists get a bad name, they can't even figure out the simplest things.

Good for you, America, I see you turned off the teevee and stopped buying into the propaganda - now just keep going a little bit more, you're almost there.

Jr Deputy Accountant

Some say he’s half man half fish, others say he’s more of a seventy/thirty split. Either way he’s a fishy bastard.


W.C. Varones said...


I'm going to participate in Buy Nothing Day and promote it on the blog.

It's started by a bunch of Canadian commies, but they are right on this issue.