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US consumer sentiment steadies in September

US consumer sentiment steadies in September

WASHINGTON: US consumer sentiment steadied in early September after plunging the month before to its lowest level in nearly a decade, but consumers continue to have a bleak view of the outlook amid a stiff bout of inflation, a survey showed on Friday.

The University of Michigan said its consumer sentiment index edged up to 71 in the first half of September from 70.3 in August - the lowest since December 2011. Economists polled by Reuters had forecast a reading of 72, report agencies.

Assessments of current conditions slipped further, to 77.1 from 78.5 in August, while the survey’s forward-looking expectations index ticked up to 67.1 from 65.1, which had been the lowest since 2013.

“The steep August falloff in consumer sentiment ended in early September, but the small gain still meant that consumers expected the least favourable economic prospects in more than a decade,” the survey’s director, Richard Curtin, said in a statement.