WASHINGTON, D.C. — Consumer confidence plunged this week, reversing its gains for the year amid rising gas prices, a volatile stock market, and fresh signs of inflation. In its biggest one-week drop in more than three years, the Washington Post-ABC News Consumer Comfort Index (CCI) is down seven points to -5 on its scale of -100 to +100. The index has fallen this precipitously in a week only three other times in the more than 20-year history of the poll.
Only a week ago, The Post-ABC CCI had edged up to +2, a five-year high, after starting the year at -5, exactly where it is today. Now, the gains for the year have been reversed under the cumulative weight of higher pump prices, uneasiness on Wall Street, and indicators of inflationary pressures for both consumers and businesses. Since late January, the national average price for a gallon of gasoline is up 41 cents, to $2.58, according to the Department of Energy. That is the highest level for gas prices in more than six months.
Source: Washington Post