TORONTO, Aug. 1, 2012 /CNW/ - Consumer Confidence in Alberta is soaring compared to the rest of the western provinces, and Canada as a whole, according to a recent report published by TNS. The Canadian Consumer Confidence Index saw a roller-coaster of sorts in the past quarter. After a very promising start to 2012 (98.6 points in January), the Index slid down to 95.1 the following month where it held relatively steady until May, where it hit a ten-month high of 98.8 points. Unfortunately, consumers' confidence quickly subsided as the Index ended the quarter down slightly at 96.4 points.
"The real story is the emergence we're seeing of two different Canadian consumers - Albertans and the rest of us. Albertans' confidence skyrocketed in Q2, leaving the rest of Canada behind in its hot, dry dust", explained Norman Baillie-David, Senior Vice President of TNS in Canada and Director of the Marketing and Social research firm's monthly tracking study.
Canadian consumers are still more confident than our American counterparts. The U.S. Consumer Confidence Index experienced moderate decreases every month this quarter. Although starting at a promising 70.2, the index fell to 62.0 at the end of the quarter which is still significantly lower than Canada.
Detailed data, charts and commentary on National indices including the present situation index, expectations index and buy index, US indices and Canadian regional indices is directly available to you in our Q2 Trends report at: http://tnscanada.ca/news/TRENDS-Q2-2012.pdf.
Trends is released quarterly and provides a comparison between Canadian and U.S. consumer confidence, as well as a breakdown of consumer confidence by Canadian region.
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