L.E.K. Consulting’s spring 2012 Consumer Sentiment Survey (CSS) shows the highest levels of consumer optimism toward the economy and their personal finances since the height of the recession in fall 2008 when we launched the report series. We surveyed more than 2,000 U.S. consumers in May 2012 to track consumers’ projections for the next six months regarding a number of important financial issues.

The eighth installment of our semi-annual survey includes:

  • Consumers’ expectations of economic conditions and their personal finances
  • Consumers’ projected spending levels
  • Consumers’ spending projections broken out by income level
  • Personal spending projections in 17 categories including:
    • Clothing & apparel
    • Dining out
    • Footwear
    • Groceries
    • Home entertainment
    • Home renovations
    • Personal care and cosmetics
    • Retail
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