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.
CONFIDENCE HITS A NEW LOW
CONSUMER CONFIDENCE SINKS TO ALL-TIME LOW
CONFIDENCE TAKES A FURTHER KNOCK
NO SNAG ON BUYING PLANS**
FEELING THE BLUES
SITTING ON THE FENCE
SKEPTICAL BUT HOPEFUL
A VOTE OF NO CONFIDENCE