It’s time for another update of our interactive chart of Consumer Confidence. You can drag the time sliders below the chart to view data going all the way back to 1998.
Here’s the data as of December:
At 62.8, the Present Situation Index has gained 211% from its December 2009 low point, but still sits well below 100. The index is now slightly above the pre-crash low point of 59.7 in September 2003, and at roughly the same place it was in September 2008. Meanwhile, the expectations index took a dive in December, probably thanks to the “fiscal cliff” nonsense that was dominating the media all month.