(Bloomberg) -- Americans’ sentiment improved for a fifth-straight week, buoyed by brighter views of their personal finances and record-high confidence among Republicans, the Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index showed Thursday.
Highlights of Consumer Comfort (Week Ended July 8)
Confidence continues to strengthen amid a tight labor market, tax cuts and a drop in gas prices since late May that are making Americans more likely to make purchases and feel better about household finances. Those gains outweighed dimmer evaluations of the state of the economy, which eased slightly from a three-month high the prior week, responses through July 8 showed.
- The gap between Republican and Democratic sentiment grew to widest in more than a decade
- Comfort levels of consumers age 35-44 reached a 17-year high
- Sentiment among black people is at its highest level since February 2015
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