Utah’s consumer sentiment continues to fall in July

Utah index fell to 62.9 in July, compared to 64.4 in June; national index rises slightly

Utah’s consumer sentiment fell in July, according to the Kem C. Gardner Policy  Institute’s Survey of Utah Consumers. The Utah index fell to 62.9 in July, compared to 64.4 in June. A similar survey for the United States showed consumer sentiment rising slightly, increasing to 51.5 in July compared to 50.0 in June. This is the first month since the Gardner Institute began tracking consumer sentiment in October 2020 where the Utah index has fallen while national sentiment increased.  

“Consumer’s expectations about the economy can impact day-to-day purchasing behavior and thus economic  cycles,” said Gardner Institute Chief Economist Phil Dean. “Concerns about high inflation, including fuel prices,  continues to affect consumer sentiment in Utah. High fuel prices are a particularly salient price for consumers, although the prices have dropped in recent weeks. Emerging signals suggest low-income households face financial stress that is beginning to alter their purchasing behavior.” 

The Utah Consumer Sentiment Survey uses comparable questions to the University of Michigan’s Survey of  Consumers. These questions measure residents’ views of present and future economic conditions. Both surveys  include a random sample of consumers, including demographic questions to assess the representativeness of  the sample. 

The full results are now available online