, , ,

Consumer Sentiment Index

Irish consumer sentiment is at a two-year high following a modest 1.6% monthly increase in June. This increase brings the index back in line with the 25-year average of the series suggesting sentiment has been normalised. This is further supported by the fact that June marks the fifth successive monthly increase in the index, the first time that has happened since the beginning of 2007. These results suggest that Irish consumers are becoming less concerned about their current circumstances and less fearful about the future which bodes very well the retail sector. Furthermore, trends over the past decade show consumer sentiment as a very accurate leading indicator of retail sales.