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Area consumers growing upbeat about economy

Local consumers are more optimistic about the future of the U.S. economy than in November, according to a new three-county survey conducted Jan. 29-31 by Middle Tennessee State University.

The Office of Consumer Research at MTSU reported that after a decline in their outlook at the end of 2012, the overall consumer outlook index rose to 144 from 106 in November. The current poll of 334 randomly selected adult residents of Davidson, Rutherford and Williamson counties was conducted by phone on the evenings of Jan. 29-31.

Tim Graeff, director of the Office of Consumer Research, said the more positive perspective from consumers was fueled by increasingly more positive views of the current economy, greater expectations for the future of the economy and a growing sense that now is a good time to make large purchases.

Posted on: 2/5/2013


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