Consumer Confidence

September 25, 2012 - 12:35 PM
In this Monday, Sept. 24, 2012, photo, shoppers walk by stores at the Loop in Methuen, Mass. U.S. consumer confidence jumped this month to the highest level since February, bolstered by a brighter hiring outlook. The Conference Board said Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012, that its Consumer Confidence Index rose to 70.3. That's up from 61.3 in August, which was revised higher. And it's the highest reading since February, when the economy added 259,000 jobs. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)