This isn’t supposed to happen with the lower gas prices:
Consumer sentiment remains very strong but it did move down after spiking in January, to 93.6 for the mid-month February reading vs January’s 98.1 which was the best reading in 11 years. The 93.6 reading is still very solid, matching December’s reading as the second best of the last 8 years.
The fall back for the index is divided about equally between the two components, current conditions at 103.1 vs 109.3 and expectations at 87.5 vs 91.0. The dip for current conditions points to possible slowing in consumer activity this month, while the dip in expectations points to a little less optimism in the outlooks for jobs and income.