The Survey of Consumer Sentiments, initiated in January 1987, is a series of surveys conducted quarterly on a sample of over 1200 households in Peninsular Malaysia to gauge consumer spending trends and sentiments. Consumer behaviour reflects income level and general economic conditions. Together with the business conditions survey, findings of this survey relating to consumer spending are incorporated into MIER's short-term economic outlook report.

Repondents are asked about perceptions on their household's current and expected financial positions and their employment outlook. The survey also seeks to uncover general economic conditions such as inflation as seen from the consumers' perspective. Questions relating to their plans to buy houses, new or used cars and other major consumer durable are also asked. A quarterly Index of Consumer Sentiments is generated from the survey.

csi 3rd Quarter 2018

A VOTE OF CONFIDENCE

  • CSI soars to 21-year high of 132.9
  • Current household finances in better shape
  • More hirings and incomes expected
  • Inflationary jitters dissipate
  • Spending plans catching fire

csi 2nd Quarter 2018

A VOTE OF CONFIDENCE

  • CSI soars to 21-year high of 132.9
  • Current household finances in better shape
  • More hirings and incomes expected
  • Inflationary jitters dissipate
  • Spending plans catching fire

csi 1st Quarter 2018

SENTIMENTS IMPROVE BUT NO VOTE OF CONFIDENCE YET

  • CSI gains 8.4 points q-o-q but remains below 100-point optimism threshold
  • Current household incomes steady
  • Job and financial expectations improve
  • Concerns over rising prices moderating
  • Shopping plans take a breather

csi 4th Quarter 2017

SENTIMENTS IMPROVE

  • CSI up 5.5 points but remains below optimism threshold
  • Current incomes in better shape
  • Employment and financial outlook improve
  • Inflationary jitters easing
  • Cautious and pragmatic shopping plans ahead

csi 3rd Quarter 2017

CONSUMER SENTIMENTS SAG

  • CSI retreats further to 77.1
  • Current household finances deteriorate
  • Income and job outlook lacklustre
  • Anxieties over higher prices grow
  • Burly spending plans amid waning incomes and jobs

csi 2nd Quarter 2017

CONSUMER SENTIMENTS IMPROVE CAUTIOUSLY

  • CSI picks up 4.1 points to q-o-q but remains below optimism threshold
  • Current and expected incomes steady but trending up
  • Employment outlook soft but inspiring
  • Price pressures expected to build up soon
  • Consumers retrenching plans to spend for...

csi 1st Quarter 2017

SENTIMENTS IMPROVE BUT NO VOTE OF CONFIDENCE

  • CSI up 6.8 points q-o-q but remains below 100-point optimism threshold
  • Current income stable
  • Financial and job expectations improve
  • Worries over rising prices moderating
  • Shopping plans looking up but cautiously

csi 4th Quarter 2016

*SENTIMENTS SHIFT LOWER

  • CSI falls further to 69.8
  • Current finances unfavourable
  • Income prognosis subdued, job outlook flat
  • Expectations of rising prices intensify
  • Cautious and selective shopping plans in the pipeline

csi 3rd Quarter 2016

JOB WORRIES WEIGHING ON CONSUMER SENTIMENTS

  • CSI loses 5 points q-o-q to 73.6
  • Current incomes improve
  • Employment and financial outlook uninspiring
  • Jitters over rising prices softening
  • Concerns over jobs and incomes no damper on shopping plans

csi 2nd Quarter 2016

CONSUMER CONFIDENCE REMAINS ELUSIVE

  • CSI up 5.6 points q-o-q but remains below threshold level of optimism
  • Household current incomes fairly stable
  • Job and financial expectations up cautiously
  • Worries over higher prices grow
  • Spending plans nap