Russia consumer confidence improves mildly in Q1
Despite the modest uptick, the index lies well below the 0-point threshold, indicating that pessimists outnumber optimists in the Russian economy.
Looking at the details, the improvement in sentiment was chiefly due to an improved assessment of households of the future economic situation and their personal future situation.
However, consumers’ assessments of the current economic situation were unchanged.
FocusEconomics Consensus Forecast panelists expect private consumption to expand 1.8% in 2019, which is unchanged from last month’s projection.
For 2020, panelists expect private consumption to increase 2.5%. ■