Job growth boosts consumer confidence
WASHINGTON -- Strong job growth lifted U.S. consumer confidence in June, as Americans looked past the economy's dismal first quarter performance.
The University of Michigan says its index of consumer sentiment rose slightly to 82.5 in June from 81.9 in May. That is still below April's reading of 84.1, which had been the highest in almost a year.
The reading suggests consumers shrugged off the economy's first quarter contraction. Still, the survey was conducted before the government said the economy shrank much more than previously estimated, at an annual rate of 2.9 percent rather than 1 percent.
-- Associated Press