France: Consumer confidence rebounds unexpectedly
October 25, 2011
The consumer sentiment index published by the National Statistical Institute (INSEE) picked up from 80 points in September to 82 points in October, reclaiming some of the ground lost in the previous month. The reading defied market expectations, which had the index dropping to 78 points. Despite the improvement, consumer confidence remains below its long-term average of 100 points, which does not bode well for private consumption in the coming months. Households were more optimistic about their future personal financial situation as well as the future general economic situation. In addition, employment expectations improved notably after the sharp deterioration in September. Consequently, consumers' wiliness to make major purchases improved compared to the previous month.