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Despite a sharp increase in gas prices in March and consumer expectations that prices would climb higher in April, consumers continue to feel optimis- tic about the economy, according the latest monthly NACS Consumer Fuels Survey.
Consumers continue to say that gas prices affect their feelings about
the economy — 85% say that gas prices affect their sentiment — yet
consumer optimism marches upward even while gas prices rise.
Despite higher prices and expectations of more increases, nearly
half of all consumers (44%) are optimistic about the economy, a
steady increase from 43% a month earlier and solid jump from the
35% who expressed optimism in October 2013 when consumer
sentiment bottomed out.
The Northeast, pummeled by a harsh winter, had the lowest optimism about the economy (39%), while the West was the most optimistic (47%). Consumers’ miles per dollar decreased in March,
dropping 3.9% to 6.92 miles per dollar. For summary results from
this and previous surveys visit www.nacsonline.com/gasprices.
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