NEW YORK — Consumer confidence, which surged in July, gave back all its gains in August, the Conference Board here said Tuesday. “A softening in business conditions and labor-market conditions has curbed consumer confidence this month,” Lynn Franco, director of the Conference Board Consumer Research Center, said in a statement. The index, based on a sample of U.S. households, fell to 105.0 from 111.9 in July. Indices measuring consumers’ attitudes about the present situation and the short-term future also trended down during the month, the Conference Board figures showed.
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