Confidence Rises, Home Sales Slip
A survey of U.S. households indicates that Americans are confident
in the future of their economy, while a separate survey shows the
rate of existing home sales in the U.S. continues to slip.
The rate of U.S. consumer confidence rose slightly in July in a monthly
survey of American households. The index rose more than a point to
106.5. Analysts had expected the index to fall slightly to 104.
Experts say strong job prospects drove the increase, despite record
high fuel prices.
In another survey, sales of previously owned homes fell more than
a percent in June to 6.6 million, continuing an almost year-long slide.
Consumer confidence is widely seen as a gauge of spending and measures
how consumers feel about the future of the economy. The measure of
home sales is seen as a barometer of activity in the housing sector.
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