Consumer Confidence Improves

NEW YORK — Consumers' outlook for the economy improved in December, according to the latest Consumer Confidence Index, published Tuesday by The Conference Board here.

The overall index reached 64.5 on a scale of 0-100, up from 55.2 in November, when the index also rose over October levels.

"Looking ahead, consumers are more optimistic that business conditions, employment prospects and their financial situations will continue to get bett

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