Consumer confidence improving, latest BSP survey shows

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CONSUMER confidence slightly improved, but remained in negative territory in the second quarter of 2021, the latest Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) survey showed.

This means that the number of households with pessimistic views decreased relative to the number in the first quarter, but was still more than those with optimistic views.

The same survey also showed that consumer confidence for the third quarter reverted to positive territory and further improved for the next 12 months.

In a statement issued Tuesday, July 6, 2021, the BSP said the overall confidence index (CI) improved to -30.9 percent in the second quarter of 2021 from -34.7 percent in the first quarter.

For the third quarter, the CI reverted to positive 1.3 percent. This further improved to 19.8 percent for the next 12 months.

The central bank said the respondents cited expectations of more jobs and permanent employment, additional/higher income, and effective government policies and programs, particularly to address Covid-19-related concerns, such as the availability of vaccines, provision of financial assistance, and easing of quarantine restrictions. (JOB)

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