Friday, July 13, 2018

[505] MTSU survey: Tennessee consumer outlook still strong, though leveling off

Latest statewide snapshot shows West Tenn. with largest gains in economic perceptions

The Tennessee Consumer Outlook Index dipped slightly to 238 this month, down from 240 in March but still up substantially from 185 in December 2017. 

“Consumers continue to feel more positive about the overall U.S. economy, the Tennessee economy, and the current job market,” said Tim Graeff, director of the Office of Consumer Research in MTSU’s Jones College of Business. “The largest gains in outlook were in West Tennessee.”

You can find the full latest report, which has breakdowns by geographic region, and previous reports at

Graeff noted that consumers are also more optimistic about the outlook for their personal financial situation and that overall survey results “show a firm belief among consumers that the economy is on a solid footing.”

Other highlights:

  • Consumers expect the economy to either remain stable or improve in the next 12 months. 
  • Positive views of the job market and increased confidence in future personal finances and investments have helped buoy consumers’ outlook.
  • Although some consumers might forgo large purchases in order to increase saving or reduce credit card debt, a growing percentage of consumers expect to increase their spending in the future.

The current online survey of 630 Tennessee consumers was conducted June 11-16 and has an error margin of 4 percent. The quarterly survey consists of a series of questions that measure areas such as how consumers feel about the local, state and national economies as well as their personal financial situations and the job market.

For more information, contact Graeff at 615-898-5124 or Or visit

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