-0.3 on previous index reading
The Consumer Pulse stood at 98.9 in June 2018. Households’ assessment of the economy and their own finances was little changed on the month, resulting in a sideways move in the headline index (it was up 2.5 on this time last year though). The buying climate improved this month, with 39% considering it a good time to purchase big ticket items such as furniture and electrical goods, compared with 36% in May. The survey results show that households are keeping an eye on their savings as well and that seven in ten are likely to put some money aside over the coming year.