The pause in the increase in gas prices and a sense that the job market is improving help lift the RBC Consumer Outlook Index 3.8 points to 46.7 in June, up from 42.9 in May. This is the highest level it has ever been at since the financial crisis struck in September 2008.
“The rise in consumer confidence in June was broad-based, with all of the key underlying metrics rising,” said RBC Capital Markets Chief U.S. Economist Tom Porcelli. “This improvement is likely a response to the sharp pullback in gasoline prices over the last few weeks. That said, it’s important to note that even with this welcomed increase, confidence remains below the historical average and is only slightly better than the average for all of 2010.”