Consumer Confidence Rose by 7.8 Points

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Consumer Confidence Rose by 7.8 Points

In April 2007 the consumer confidence indicator raised by 7.8 percentage points compared its January level, as for urban inhabitants the increase was by 9.1 percentage points and for rural - 5.4 percentage points.

The consumers' opinions on the ongoing in the last 12 months changes in the financial situation of households as well as on their expectations for the next 12 months were more favourable, as the balance indicators increased compared to the previous January survey with 3.4 and 11.6 percentage points respectively.

In April the total balance assessment of the households' budget also improved (by 4.2 percentage points) and that improvement was stronger expressed by rural inhabitants. There was a decrease of relative shares of "running into debt" consumers (by 2.0 percentage points) and "managing to make ends meet" (by 2.1 percentage points), at the expense of those who "are saving a little" (increase by 3.7 percentage points).

In comparison with the opinions expressed three months before, the April survey recorded also more favourable assessments about the general economic situation in the country as on the present development of the economic situation as well in perspective for the next 12 months.
The favourable tendency in expectations about the level of unemployment over the next 12 months continued (a 5.6 percentage points decrease of the balance indicator against the January level).

The last inquiry of NSI registered also higher consumers' expectations about savings and intentions of purchasing2 durable goods over the next 12 months. The changes in the values of the balance indicators regarding spending money for home improvements in the next 12 months and buying a car within the next 2 years were also positive.

But at the same time the consumers continued to consider that consumer prices were raising, as that tendency was observed from July 2006. The April survey showed shifting in the consumers' expectations about the "inflation over the next 12 months" from "faster" to "the same" or "slower" raise, which leaded to drop of the balance indicator by 11.2 percentage points.

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