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 2013

CONFIDENCE AT A CROSSROAD

  • CSI falls for second consecutive quarter to 102 points
  • Present household finances less encouraging
  • Less bounce in income and job expectations
  • Inflationary angst grows
  • Softer willingness of consumers to spend in coming months

csi 2nd Quarter 2013

CONFIDENCE FALTERS ON JOBS AND INCOMES

  • CSI slips 13.2 points q-o-q to 109.7
  • Household incomes stable but ebbing somewhat
  • Financial and job outlook less inspiring
  • Inflationary bug overcoming consumers
  • Consumers to loosen purse strings

csi 1st Quarter 22013

CONSUMER SENTIMENT GROWS

  • CSI climbs to six-year high of 122.9 points
  • Current incomes stables
  • Employment and financial outlook sanguine
  • Inflationary expectations ease
  • Shopping plans sit on the bench

csi 4th Quarter 2012

LEVEL-HEADED OPTIMISM

  • CSI rises marginally to 118.7 points
  • Current and expected incomes favourable
  • Job outlook moderating
  • Price pressures expected to build up
  • Consumers in no hurry to shop

csi 3rd Quarter 2012

IN ANTICIPATION

  • CSI surges to 118.3 points
  • More bounce in current incomes
  • Financial upgrade and more jobs expected
  • Inflationary anxieties abating
  • Consumers in the mood to spend

csi 2nd Quarter 2012

JOBS JAZZ UP OPTIMISM

  • CSI climbs further to 114.9 points
  • Current finances sturdier
  • Financial and job outlook pick up steam
  • Inflationary jitters tone down
  • Selective shopping plans on the cards

csi 1st Quarter 2012

BRACING FOR BETTER TIMES AHEAD

  • CSI rises to 114.3 points, highest since 4Q10
  • Current incomes improve, better finances expected
  • Employment outlook cautiously optimistic
  • Inflationary expectations ease
  • Shopping plans pick up steam

csi 4th Quarter 2011

A DENT IN OPTIMISM

  • CSI plunges to two-year low of 106.3
  • Current household incomes lose momentum
  • inances and jobs a growing concern
  • Inflationary bug bites again
  • Spending plans take a backseat

csi 3rd Quarter 2011

A SENSE OF RETICENCE

  • CSI slips y-o-y to 108.7 points
  • Current incomes moderating
  • Employment and financial expectations quiescent
  • Worries over inflation continue
  • Shopping plans on low gear

csi 2nd Quarter 2011

SLIGHTLY DOWN BUT STILL HOPEFUL

  • CSI slips marginally to 107.9 points
  • Present and near-term finances stable but ebbing somewhat
  • Labour market outlook modest
  • Inflationary trepidation grows
  • Spending plans to go on with prudence and selectivity