Warren Buffett says we've seen "enormous progress since a year ago" on the economy, but he's not making any specific predictions about what might happen in the next quarter or two.
"I am not sure about exact quarters or anything of the sort. Who knows about next week or next month? We made enormous progress since a year ago. We had a real panic. And if you didn’t panic, you didn’t understand what was going on. What happened in September and October of 2008 will particularly be remembered for a long, long time. And while the governmental authorities malign things sometimes, they fortunately did some very right things, very important things. They did them properly, and they kept us from going over the cliff. The fallout from that financial panic hit the regular economy in the fourth quarter like a ton of bricks. We are coming back from that. The patient really went into the emergency room and it won’t come out of the hospital entirely for a while."
That's in line with his comments in recent months in which he's said the economy has recovered from last fall's brink of total collapse, but remains very weak with no signs of imminent recovery.
He also repeats his belief that consumer spending won't be increasing for "a while," but he remains optimistic the American economic system will work "over time."