More than 90 percent of economists think the recession is nearing its end, but they don't expect the economy to soar anytime soon.
Nearly 75 percent of economists, surveyed by the National Association for Business Economics, say that the recession will end in the third quarter. Another 19 percent think the turnaround will come in the fourth quarter. The rest are betting on the first quarter of 2010.
Americans seem to believe that things are getting better too. The Conference Board's Consumer Confidence Index rose 14.1 points in May to 54.9, the second month in a row in which there have been an increase.
Forecasters say that home sales will bottom out in the second quarter, an important stabilizing factor.
Source: The Associated Press, Jeannine Aversa (05/27/2009)