CONSUMER CONFIDENCE SLIPS

NEW YORK -- The Conference Board's Consumer Confidence Index, based on a monthly survey of 5,000 households, revealed last week that consumer attitudes toward the U.S. economy and labor market conditions became pessimistic in September, sending the reading down a worse-than-expected 4.9 points to 76.8.The poor showing last month was down from an upwardly revised 81.7 in August, and erased that month's

NEW YORK -- The Conference Board's Consumer Confidence Index, based on a monthly survey of 5,000 households, revealed last week that consumer attitudes toward the U.S. economy and labor market conditions became pessimistic in September, sending the reading down a worse-than-expected 4.9 points to 76.8.

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