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April Slide Doesn’t Hinder Consumer Sentiment on Tech and Overall Economy

Shawn DuBravac, Ph.D., Staff Economist, Consumer Technology Association

Despite April’s slip in consumer confidence, the draw back in spending we saw in the first quarter will continue to improve in the coming months.
Overall Economy
The latest CEA index figures that track consumer expectations about the broader economy slid by 2.7 points in April. The first quarter’s weather certainly hindered an already tepid economic recovery and April’s sentiment numbers are likely still reflecting that.
Tech Spending
Additionally, by most accounts, the first quarter was tough for the tech industry. The CEA Index that measures consumer expectations about technology spending also decreased by 2.7 points. Yet, as the economy continues to improve in the second quarter, I expect confidence towards technology spending will follow suit.
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