WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. consumer sentiment was largely steady in the first half of August, despite a continued rise in new COVID-19 cases and the expiration of a $600 weekly unemployment benefit supplement.
The University of Michigan said on Friday its consumer sentiment index edged up to a reading of 72.8 from 72.5 in July. Economists polled by Reuters had forecast the sentiment index dipping to a reading of 72 early this month. The unemployment benefit supplement ended on July 31.
(Reporting By Lucia Mutikani)