The Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index fell to -49.4 in the week ended May 15, a nine-month low reflecting a pessimistic outlook among consumers as the cost of fuel and groceries continues to increase.

Each of the three components of the Bloomberg Comfort Index—personal finances, buying conditions and economic conditions—dropped in the week ended May 15. The personal finances gauge is now at its weakest level since October 2009, and the monthly measure of economic expectations is at a seven-month low.

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