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Concerns about business conditions and the labor market are casting a dark cloud over consumers that is not likely to lift until the job market improves. Given consumers' heightened level of anxiety, along with their pessimistic income outlook and lackluster job growth, retailers are very likely to face a challenging back-to-school season

Consumer confidence declined in July Jul 27, 2010

Consumer confidence is now at its highest level in five months, a welcome sign as we enter the holiday season

Consumer confidence heads higher Nov 30, 2010

Despite this month's modest decline, consumer confidence is no worse off today than it was a year ago. Consumers' assessment of the current state of the economy and labor market remains tepid and their outlook remains cautious

Consumer confidence drops slightly Dec 28, 2010

The sharp decline in confidence was prompted by a sharp decline in expectations. Consumers' inflation expectations rose significantly in March and their income expectations soured, a combination that will likely impact spending decisions. On the other hand, consumers' assessment of current conditions improved, indicating that while the short-term future may be uncertain, the economy continues to expand

Consumer confidence dropped in March Mar 29, 2011

A more pessimistic outlook is the primary reason for this month's decline in consumer confidence. Consumers are considerably more apprehensive about future business and labor market conditions as well as their income prospects

U.S. consumer confidence fell in May May 31, 2011