CONSUMER CONFIDENCE SLIPS FOR SECOND MONTH

WASHINGTON (FNS) -- Consumer confidence dropped for the second consecutive month in March -- a sign that recent interest rate hikes and increasing oil prices could be chilling consumers' willingness to spend.The Consumer Confidence Index for the month, released Tuesday by the Conference Board, dropped to 136.7, down from 140.8 in February. Confidence dipped in February for the first time since October,

WASHINGTON (FNS) -- Consumer confidence dropped for the second consecutive month in March -- a sign that recent interest rate hikes and increasing oil prices could be chilling consumers' willingness to spend.

The Consumer Confidence Index for the month, released Tuesday by the Conference Board, dropped to 136.7, down from 140.8 in February. Confidence dipped in February for the first time since October, after hitting an all-time high of 144.7 in January. In March 1999, the index measu

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