The general perception of the U.S. economy in the eyes of the consumer is slightly better than last month, but slightly worse than last year.
Consumer research from Port Washington, N.Y.-based NPD Group shows that consumers remain concerned in September.
The September 2011 NPD U.S. Economic Perception Indicator, a measure of consumer confidence, increased slightly to an index reading of 36.6, on a scale of 0 -- "very concerned" -- to 100 -- "very confident."
The September reading is up from 35.1 in August. A year ago, the perception indicator index was at 38.6.
The NPD Group's U.S. Economic Perception Indicator measures consumer beliefs about the current and near-term state of the U.S. economy.
Source: The NPD Group Inc./The Economy Tracker