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Consumer Confidence Slides This Week

Written by Ken Gaebler
Published: 6/7/2011

New Rasmussen Index shows consumer confidence down.

Small business owners hoping for a boost in consumer confidence to drive sales of goods and services will be disappointed by the latest numbers from Rasmussen. 

Consumer Confidence Slide

The company’s Consumer Index, released today, puts consumer confidence at 78, down from 83 in January and 80.9 in May. This bad news for small businesses indicates renewed pessimism about the direction of the economy on the heels of a government report showing a stubborn unemployment rate hovering just above 9 percent.

A total of 56 percent of consumers polled said they believed the economy would continue to get worse.

According to Rasmussen, investor confidence has taken an even bigger hit, falling 9 points from a week ago. However, investors are slightly more optimistic than consumers about the direction of the economy, with 52 percent saying they expect it to worsen.

This news from Rasumussen is exactly what small business owners did not want to hear, after April’s Small Business Authority Index showed minimal growth.

The SBA Index for April 2011 was up 0.69 percent from March. SBA President and CEO Barry Sloane warned that such anemic growth can be expected in the small business sector as long as pessimism about economic recovery prevails.  

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