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    Consumer Sentiment Falls Unexpectedly in October

    Consumer Sentiment Falls Unexpectedly in October

    Published: Friday, 16 Oct 2009 | 10:03 AM ET

    By: Reuters

    U.S. consumer sentiment fell unexpectedly this month on persistent worries that the "dismal" state of personal finances would not recover quickly from the worst recession in decades, a report showed Friday.

    Consumer confidence fell unexpectedly in October.

    The Reuters/University of Michigan Surveys of Consumers said its preliminary index of sentiment for October fell to 69.4, from September's 73.5.

    That was below economists' median expectation of a steady reading of 73.5, according to a Reuters poll.

    "While consumers still anticipated gains in the general economy and now think that the unemployment rate is close to its cyclical peak, there has been no improvement in consumers' dismal assessments of their personal financial situation," the report said.

    "Indeed, personal finances have undergone the longest and deepest decline in the 60-year history of the surveys, and few consumers expect their finances to improve anytime soon."

    The report said diverging prospects for the general economy and personal finances would have a negative impact on the pace of the recovery, with consumers eager to increase their savings and pay down debts.

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    My consumer sentiment has fallen as well, watching the price increases at the grocery stores. One can of dog food went from 65 five cents to suddenly 96 cents and is now at 88 cents. There are too many examples I can cite. I feel I am being played for a patsy sometimes.
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