December consumer confidence drops to all-time low
NEW YORK (AP) -- A private research group says consumer confidence hit an all-time low in December, dropping unexpectedly in the face of layoffs and deteriorating markets for housing, stocks and other investments.
The Conference Board's Consumer Confidence Index fell to 38 in December, from a revised 44.7 in November.
Economists surveyed by Thomson Reuters had expected the index to rise incrementally to 45.
The separate Present Situation index, which measures how respondents feel about business conditions and employment prospects, fell to 29.4 in December from 42.3 in November.
It is now close to levels last seen after the 1990 to 1991 recession.
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