CONSUMER CONFIDENCE DECLINES AGAIN

NEW YORK -- Consumer confidence declined for the second straight month, but it's unclear whether the weakness stemmed from a lackluster employment picture or a lack of wage growth.The Conference Board's Consumer Confidence Index fell to 96.8 for September from 98.7 in August, while the Present Situation Index fell to 95.5 from 100.7. The Expectations Index rose slightly to 97.6 from 97.3.The Consumer

NEW YORK -- Consumer confidence declined for the second straight month, but it's unclear whether the weakness stemmed from a lackluster employment picture or a lack of wage growth.

The Conference Board's Consumer Confidence Index fell to 96.8 for September from 98.7 in August, while the Present Situation Index fell to 95.5 from 100.7. The Expectations Index rose slightly to 97.6 from 97.3.

The Consumer Confidence Index is the composite of the Present Situation and Expectation

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