NEW YORK (AP) - A private research group says consumer
confidence in May soared to the highest level since last September
amid tentative signs that the economy is improving.
The Conference Board says Tuesday that its Consumer Confidence
Index, which had dramatically increased in April, zoomed past
economists' expectations to 54.9 from a revised 40.8 in April.
Economists surveyed by Thomson Reuters were expecting 42.3. The reading marks the highest reading since last September- three
months before the official start of the recession - when the level
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