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Fueled by Lower Gas Prices, Consumer Sentiment Reaches Highest Level in a Decade

According to the group conducting the confidence survey, January's increase—which lifted the index to its highest level since 2004—was driven by an improvement in personal finances, with more consumers reporting increases in household income than any time in the past decade. They're also more optimistic about the labor outlook as job growth continues on a steady track.

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Survey: Americans’ Attitude Mixed Toward Housing, Economy

Consumers' median earnings growth expectations were 2.5 percent for the year ahead in December, the New York Fed revealed. While that marks a step back from November's reading of 2.7 percent, it's still the second-highest reading since the start of that measure in July 2013.

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Consumer Confidence Takes Downward Turn in November

According to the Conference Board, consumers in the latest survey were less optimistic about the labor market outlook, reflected in a decline in the share of respondents expecting more jobs in the next six months and an increase of more than 2 percentage points in the share expecting fewer jobs.

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Economic Forecast Exceeds October Predictions

The continuing improvement comes as consumers express a more optimistic outlook for the economy and their own finances. Last week, the University of Michigan/Thomson Reuters preliminary reading of consumer sentiment hit its highest level in more than seven years, spurred by improving labor conditions and cheaper gasoline prices.

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Report: Consumer Confidence Recovers in October

At the moment, Americans' view of business conditions are mixed, with increases in both the number saying the business environment is currently good and those saying conditions are bad. On the jobs front, attitudes are slightly more positive: The share of consumers saying jobs are plentiful ticked up to 16.5 percent, while those saying jobs are hard to get fell marginally to 29.1 percent.

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