Consumer confidence rises again in September

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Conference Board says Americans are feeling more confident this month, a good sign for consumer spending and the economy.

The business research group’s consumer confidence index rose again to 103 in September after rising sharply in August to 101.3. The September reading was the highest since January.

Consumers’ assessment of present economic conditions rose to the highest level in eight years. More than 25 percent of Americans said jobs were plentiful, highest share since September 2007. But expectations for the future remained flat.

The U.S. economy is looking healthy. Economic growth came in at a 3.9 percent annual rate from April through June, and unemployment has dropped to a seven-year low 5.1 percent. But worries about an economic slowdown in China and other emerging markets have rattled financial markets.

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