U.S. Consumer Confidence rises, N.E.’s declines

This month’s Consumer Confidence Index was 110.3 points (1985=100), edging up from December’s 110.0, The Conference Board reported today. “This month’s slight increase in confidence was solely the result of an improvement in the Present Situation Index [from 130.5 to 133.9 points], fueled primarily by a more favorable job market,” said Lynn Franco, director of…

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