美国消费者信心和房价下降 US Consumer Confidence Home Prices Fall

24 June, 2008

星期二新公布的两份经济报告对美国经济前景表示不乐观。美联储官员正在华盛顿开会商讨有关美国利率的问题。两份经济报告显示,美国消费者信心降至有纪录以来的最低点,美国房屋价格正在以创纪录的速度下跌。美国一个商业调研团体说,6月对数千美国人的调查显示,他们认为美国经济急剧恶化。专家密切注视消费者信心。

一路下降的消费者信心可能会进一步下跌。标准普尔公布的经济报告说,美国10个大都市地区的4月份房屋价格比去年同期下跌了16%。这是20年前开始进行这项统计以来的最大跌幅。

Two new economic reports paint a downbeat picture of the U.S. economy today (Tuesday) as top central bank officials gather to discuss U.S. interest rates. The reports show U.S. consumer confidence dropping to the lowest level ever recorded and U.S. home prices falling at the fastest rate on record. A business research group says its survey of thousands of Americans in June shows their view of the health of the economy declined sharply. Experts watch consumer confidence closely.

The falling consumer confidence may get worse. A report from Standard & Poor's says home prices in 10 metropolitan areas fell more than 16 percent in April from the same time a year ago. That is the fastest decline in the survey's 20-year history.