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CEA and CNET Release New Consumer Sentiment Indexes

First-ever Metric for Measuring Consumer Expectations About Consumer Electronics

The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) and CNET today announced the launch of the CEA-CNET Consumer Sentiment Indexes. The CEA-CNET Indexes provide a look at consumer confidence for the economy as well as the first-ever measure of consumer expectations around consumer electronics (CE) and technology. The partnership was announced this morning at CNET’s New York City office.

“The CEA-CNET Indexes provide market observers a new metric on the economy and the first of its kind metric to gauge the on-going health of the consumer technology sector,” says Shawn DuBravac, CEA’s economist. “By eliciting subjective probabilities, the indexes are better at capturing consumers’ attitudes and feelings about the economy.”

The CEA-CNET Indexes are comprised of the CEA-CNET Index of Consumer Expectations (ICE) and the CEA-CNET Index of Consumer Technology Expectations (ICTE). The Indexes will be updated on a monthly basis through consumer surveys and new data will be released on the fourth Tuesday of each month. CEA and CNET have been tracking index data since January 2007. While the CEA-CNET ICE has drifted downward, the CEA-CNET ICTE has shown positive gains over two consecutive months. “Results from the CEA-CNET Indexes are consistent with what we are seeing elsewhere, spending on consumer technologies remains a priority for consumers, despite the overhanging economic uncertainty,” according to DuBravac. The numbers for August will be released at 10 AM eastern time on August 26. Information on the index and monthly index updates are available online at http://www.CE.org/ceacnetindexes.

“Consumer electronics have become an indispensable part of people’s lives and a major factor in the health of the U.S. economy,” says Claudia Haase, director of research at CNET. “We’re thrilled to be partnering with CEA to bring these indexes to the industry. For the first time, we have a tool that allows economists and business leaders to track a sector that is expected to exceed $173 billion in U.S. factory sales this year.”

For the past 19 months, CEA and CNET have been gathering information on the current economic climate; specifically, the indexes track consumers’ expectations in the area of consumer technology. The indexes build on established academic research into how to more accurately measure consumer expectations. The CEA-CNET Consumer Sentiment Indexes will:

  • Provide a new metric for measuring consumer expectations about the economy.
  • Provide the first-ever metric for measuring consumer expectations about consumer electronics.
  • Provide a new metric for the financial markets community.
  • Provide a new metric for CEA member companies.
  • Highlight CEA’s position as a top-tier provider of industry research.

To find current and past indexes, charts, methodology and future release dates, log on to http://www.CE.org/ceacnetindexes.

About CNET:
CNET, a property of CBS Interactive, is where people go to discover the latest in tech and consumer electronics. Driven by a trusted voice and a passionate community, CNET creates an open environment for people to find and use the best products to fit their lifestyle. The powerful combination of CNET’s award-winning news, lab-tested product reviews, safe and spyware-free downloads, and user-generated content give people information and inspiration to live and thrive in a life gone digital.

About CEA:
The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) is the preeminent trade association promoting growth in the $173 billion U.S. consumer electronics industry. More than 2,200 companies enjoy the benefits of CEA membership, including legislative advocacy, market research, technical training and education, industry promotion and the fostering of business and strategic relationships. CEA also sponsors and manages the International CES – Where Entertainment, Technology and Business Converge. All profits from CES are reinvested into CEA’s industry services. Find CEA online at http://www.CE.org.

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