FXstreet.com (Barcelona) - Consumer sentiment has improved in the United States in January, although it still remains well below the levels it was one year ago, according to preliminary estimations by Reuters and the University of Michigan.

Consumer sentiment index has increased to 61.9 in January from 60.1 in December, despite the analysts forecasts of a slight decline to 59. Yet consumer sentiment remains at levels much lower than the 80.5 in January 2008.

The assessment of the current situation has edged down to 69.2 in January from 69.5 in December, while the expectations index have risen to 57.2 in January from 54.0 in December.