MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) _ A recent survey says Middle Tennessee consumers are becoming more optimistic about the local economy and are increasingly upbeat about the future.
The survey by Middle Tennessee State University's Office of Consumer Research found that the trend follows a decline in the local consumer outlook that has been mired in the negative range since 2008.
The local consumer outlook index rose to 193 from 144 in February.
The survey of 355 randomly selected adults in Davidson, Rutherford and Williamson counties was conducted April 16 to April 18. The consumers said they are not only more optimistic, but they believe now is a good time to make big purchases.
In spite of the findings locally, the survey finds that Middle Tennesseans remain less enthusiastic about the national economy.