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 1st Quarter 2016

GUARDED SENTIMENTS

  • CSI up 9.1 points to 72.9, still below threshold level of confidence
  • Current finances flat
  • Job outlook clouds expected incomes
  • Apprehension over rising prices moderating
  • Less clout in consumer spending plans

csi 4th Quarter 2015

CONFIDENCE HITS A NEW LOW

  • CSI dips to a record-low of 63.8
  • Present finances worsen
  • Jobs and incomes to deteriorate further
  • Growing fears of higher prices
  • Consumers to watch their spending

csi 3rd Quarter 2015

CONSUMER CONFIDENCE SINKS TO ALL-TIME LOW

  • CSI sinks to new low of 70.2
  • Current incomes deteriorate
  • Financial expectations a shade better, job outlook yawns
  • Trepidations of higher prices moderating
  • Shopping plans on low gear

csi 2nd Quarter 2015

CONFIDENCE TAKES A FURTHER KNOCK

  • CSI falls further to 71.7
  • More consumers experience financial deterioration
  • Financial and job outlook yawn
  • Better incomes expected amid a weaker employment outlook
  • Inflationary anxieties remain high
  • Consumer spending less robust going forward

csi 1st Quarter 2015

CONFIDENCE SLUMPS

  • CSI plummets to its six-year low of 72.6
  • Current incomes trend lower
  • Financial and job outlook yawn
  • Inflationary worries moderating somewhat
  • Consumers to tighten purse strings

csi 4th Quarter 2014

**WANING CONFIDENCE

NO SNAG ON BUYING PLANS**

  • CSI plummets 15 points q-o-q to 83
  • Current incomes losing ground
  • Growing concerns over near-term finances and hirings
  • Uptrend in prices expected to continue
  • Pre-GST shopping plans in the pipeline

csi 3rd Quarter 2014

FEELING THE BLUES

  • CSI falls below 100-point threshold to 98.0
  • Current and expected finances tone down
  • Employment outlook flat
  • Middle-income households increasingly worried over rising prices
  • Shopping plans on top gear

csi 2nd Quarter 2014

SITTING ON THE FENCE

  • CSI scrapes past 100-point benchmark to 100.1
  • Current household income stable but improving
  • Employment expectations firm
  • Jitters over higher prices grow
  • Spending plans yawn, especially housing

csi 1st Quarter 2014

SKEPTICAL BUT HOPEFUL

  • CSI remains below 100-point threshold of confidence
  • Household finances steady but trending up
  • Job confidence steps up
  • Inflationary expectations moderating
  • Energetic shopping plans in the pipeline

csi 4th Quarter 2013

A VOTE OF NO CONFIDENCE

  • CSI falls below 100-point threshold in almost five years to 82.4 points
  • Current household income deteriorates
  • Abating job prospects cloud financial expectations
  • Inflationary jitters soar
  • Prudent consumer spending on the cards