The overall rating of the U.S. optical business environment rose to 3.88 in August from a July rating of 3.77, according to the Optical Business Barometer (OBB) compiled by Jobson Optical Research. The August 2014 rating also shows an increase from previous August ratings of 3.72 in 2013, 3.72 in 2012, 3.68 in 2011 and 3.67 in 2010.
The confidence rating, which measures the independent opticians' forecast for their overall business in the upcoming six months, rose to 3.94 in August from a July rating of 3.80. The August 2014 rating of 3.94 is the highest for the month of August since the measurement began.
On an annualized basis, average ratings for January through August 2014 for eyeglasses stood at 3.70, compared to 3.68 in 2013 and 2012. Average ratings for exams stood at 3.79 in 2014 as compared to 3.73 in 2013 and 3.75 in 2012. For contact lenses, the average ratings stood at 3.62 as compared to a 3.57 rating in 2013 and a 3.59 rating in 2012.
The monthly scores for eyeglasses, exams and contact lenses also showed increases from August 2013. The rating for eyeglasses rose from 3.68 in August 2013 to 3.85 in 2014; the rating for eye exams rose from 3.76 in 2013 to 3.94 in 2014; and the rating for contact lenses rose from 3.59 to 3.76.
The U.S. Conference Board's Consumer Confidence Survey, conducted by Nielsen, showed an increase in August to 94.2 from a revised 90.3 in July.
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