Consumer sentiment weakened in July as people become a little more negative about their current finances and the future of the labour market.
The KBC Ireland/ESRI index weakened to 66.2 last month, falling from 67.9 in June. However, the overall index still remains above the 50 mark that separates expansion from contraction. Last year, the index registered 49.5 in July, after a record low of 39.6 in the same month in 2008.
The index of current conditions slipped from 88.4 in June to 85.7 last month, while the expectations index also fell.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“The decline mainly reflects consumers becoming more concerned about their current household finances,Ã¢â‚¬Â said the ESRIÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s David Duffy.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Consumers also have some concerns about the outlook. The expectations index weakened to 53.1 from 54.1 in June, on the back of a more negative view of the outlook by consumers for the economy and labour market over the next 12 months.Ã¢â‚¬Â
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