The Conference Board

Retail
Economists Say Tax Cut Effect Positive But Qualified

The recently enacted federal income tax cut is likely to benefit an already strong economy this year and into 2019, but there could be variations on its impact regionally and uncertain long-term effects, economists said during a roundtable event at the National Retail Federation’s Big Show in New York.

Retail
Consumer Confidence Rises In July

The Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index, which had declined marginally in June, improved in July. The Index now stands at 121.1, up from 117.3 in June. The Present Situation Index increased from 143.9 to 147.8, while the Expectations Index rose from 99.6 last month to 103.3.