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Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speaks during a town hall meeting campaign stop in Shelby Township, Michigan. It turns out, consumer sentiment can be a really important indicator during an election year. - 

Here at Marketplace, we focus on a number of economic indicators, from new home sales to gross domestic product.

The consumer sentiment figure is a measure of how consumers are feeling about the economy and it's put together by Thomson Reuters and the University of Michigan.

Professor Richard Curtain is the man behind the numbers, and in today's Mid-day Extra we have an extended interview with him on why consumer sentiment matters, especially in an election year.


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