Consumer comfort index slips just a bit

|By:, SA News Editor

The Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index barely slips to -29.7 from -29.4 last week, but beneath the headline number lurks trouble as the national economy subindex retreats to -60.2. It's a sharp retreat from the early August level of -45.1.

Nevertheless, the headline print is on track to end the year with its best annual average (currently -30.9) of any of the last five years.