Consumer sentiment is little changed so far this month, at 92.9 for the mid-month August reading versus 93.1 for final July.

Consumer confidence readings are down from their highs earlier in the year.

An early indication on August's consumer sector comes with the current conditions component which is nearly unchanged, at 107.1 vs July's 107.2.

This hints at steady strength for consumer spending this month. The expectations component, which offers indications on the employment outlook, slipped 3 tenths to a still solid 83.8.

Inflation readings are also little changed and have yet to reflect the ongoing price collapse for oil, at 2.8% for 1-year expectations, which is unchanged, and 2.7% for 5-year expectations which is down 1 tenth.