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In this photo taken on May 14, 2014, Jody Dickman, of Pittsburgh walks in the Shadyside section of Pittsburgh after shopping for a workout outfit at an Athleta store. The private Conference Board reports on consumer confidence for May on Tuesday, May 27, 2014. (GENE J. PUSKAR/THE ASSOCIATED PRESS)
In this photo taken on May 14, 2014, Jody Dickman, of Pittsburgh walks in the Shadyside section of Pittsburgh after shopping for a workout outfit at an Athleta store. The private Conference Board reports on consumer confidence for May on Tuesday, May 27, 2014. (GENE J. PUSKAR/THE ASSOCIATED PRESS)

U.S. consumer confidence rises in May as labour-market optimism improves Add to ...

U.S. consumer confidence rose in May as consumers saw the economy, including the labour market, in a better light, according to a private sector report released on Tuesday.

The Conference Board, an industry group, said its index of consumer attitudes rose to 83 in May from a downwardly revised 81.7 in April. Economists had expected a reading of 83.0, according to a Reuters poll.

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The index for April was originally reported as 82.3.

The expectations index rose to 84.8 in May from a downwardly revised 83.9 in April, while the present situation index increased to 80.4 versus an upwardly revised 78.5 last month.

Consumers saying jobs are “hard to get” slipped to 32.3 per cent from 32.8 per cent, revised from 32.5 per cent in April.

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