Consumer Sentiment on Overall Economy

Tech Spending Dip Slightly in May

Arlington, VA, May 26, 2015 - Consumer confidence toward the overall economy and technology spending both decreased slightly in May, according to the latest data released today by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA).


Overall Economy

The CEA Index of Consumer Expectations (ICE), which measures consumer sentiment about the U.S. economy as a whole, decreased 2.4 points from April to 173.7. However, May's ICE remains higher year-over-year, as it has since May of 2009.

"There is mounting apprehension around the economy," said Shawn DuBravac, Ph.D., chief economist, CEA and author of the New York Times best-seller Digital Destiny: How the New Age of Data Will Transform the Way We Work, Live, and Communicate. "The decline in sentiment toward the overall economy is likely due to consumers starting to internalize some of those concerns."

Technology Spending

The CEA Index of Consumer Technology Expectations (ICTE), which measures consumer expectations about technology spending also decreased in May, slipping 2.1 points to 86.6.

"The rising economic concerns consumers are experiencing has spilled into tech spending in May," said Dr. DuBravac.

The CEA Indexes are updated on a monthly basis through consumer surveys. New data is released on the fourth Tuesday of each month. To find current and past indexes, charts, methodology and future release dates, log on to CEAindexes.org.

About CEA:
The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) is the technology trade association representing the $286 billion U.S. consumer electronics industry. More than 2,000 companies enjoy the benefits of CEA membership, including legislative and regulatory advocacy, market research, technical training and education, industry promotion, standards development and the fostering of business and strategic relationships. CEA also owns and produces CES - The Global Stage for Innovation. All profits from CES are reinvested into CEA's industry services. Find CEA online at CE.org.

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