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Consumer confidence index surges in December

NEW YORK (AP) A monthly survey shows consumers' confidence in the economy in December surged to the highest level since April and is near a post-recession peak.The New York-based Conference Board says Tuesday that its Consumer Confidence Index rose almost 10 points to 64.5, up from a revised 55.2 in November. Analysts had expected 59.

The surge builds on another big increase in November, when the index rose almost 15 points from the month before.

Improving confidence is in line with retail reports of a decent holiday shopping season. Still, the December confidence reading is below the 90 level that indicates an economy on solid footing.

Economists watch the confidence numbers closely because consumer spending including items like health care accounts for about 70 percent of U.S. economic activity.

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kevin 2 years, 3 months ago

a survey only gets the results that the people who took it want. They mean nothing in the total scheme of things. I could make one come out just the opposite depending on how I take them. The truth of the matter is, take the same survey in 3 months and reprint it. Bet it is just the opposite, just like the unemployment rate has just risen again.

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