Consumer confidence and expectations is one of the leading indicators of economic activity having significant impact on business and economic conditions on an economy. These expectations are based on consumers' perceptions about the current economic conditions. Expectations regarding inflation, interest rate and employment are important for forward looking policy formulation which explains why many countries are using consumer surveys for policy making and research purposes.
The State Bank of Pakistan in partnership with the Institute of Business Administration conducts the Consumer Confidence Survey on a national scale. The information collected is used to construct current, expected and overall confidence indices which are useful in monetary policy formulation and short-term forecasting.
This survey provides are permanent direct channel to households which are major stakeholders in the economy and hence an important source of primary data. This survey is being conducted since 2012 via telephone in the first week of every odd number month.
Disclaimer: The results of these surveys are disseminated for general information only. These are opinions of households and may not be considered either as SBP views or as endorsement by SBP.