Turkey’s consumer confidence index fell month-on-month to 60.9 in July, the national statistical body said Thursday.
The index, jointly calculated by the Turkish Statistical Institute (TurkStat) and the Central Bank of the Republic of Turkey (CBRT) through the measurement of consumer tendencies, dropped by 2.7% this month, from 62.6 in June.
Measures to combat the spread of the coronavirus pandemic brought the economy to a near standstill and sent consumer confidence to a record low of 54.9 points in April.
All subindices, except for the reading on the financial situation expectation of households, slipped compared to last month, the TurkStat data showed.
The index indicating the financial situation expectation of households rose 0.9% on a monthly basis, suggesting that more people were expecting a better financial situation in the coming year.
Tracking consumers' tendencies to save money over the next 12 months, the probability of saving index posted the largest monthly decline of 14% compared to last month.
The index for consumer expectations for a better general economic situation in the coming 12 months decreased 3.9% from June to July.
The expectation index for the number of people unemployed fell 1.7% during the same period as people are more pessimistic about finding jobs.
Consumer assessments and expectations in nearly 20 economic and financial categories are measured in monthly tendency surveys.
The consumer confidence index, calculated from survey results, is evaluated within the range of 0-200, indicating optimism when the index is above 100 and pessimism when below 100.
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