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The Conference Board said yesterday that its Consumer Confidence Index "decreased in November, following an increase in October. The Index now stands at 109.5, down from 111.6 in October. The Present Situation Index—based on consumers' assessment of current business and labor market conditions—fell to 142.5 from 145.5 last month. The Expectations Index—based on consumers' short-term outlook for income, business, and labor market conditions—fell to 87.6 from 89.0."

"Consumer confidence moderated in November, following a gain in October," said Lynn Franco, Senior Director of Economic Indicators at The Conference Board, in a prepared statement.  "Expectations about short-term growth prospects ticked up, but job and income prospects ticked down. Concerns about rising prices - and, to a lesser degree, the Delta variant - were the primary drivers of the slight decline in confidence. Meanwhile, the proportion of consumers planning to purchase homes, automobiles, and major appliances over the next six months decreased.

"The Conference Board expects this to be a good holiday season for retailers and confidence levels suggest the economic expansion will continue into early 2022. However, both confidence and spending will likely face headwinds from rising prices and a potential resurgence of COVID-19 in the coming months." 

KC's View:

Headwinds?  Depending on how the twin problems of inflation and the Omicrom Variant play out, that could end up being the understatement of the year.

(I still think "The Omicrom Variant" sounds like the title of a Robert Ludlum novel.)