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Consumer Comfort in U.S. Stabilized Last Week as Firings Slowed

Consumer confidence in the U.S. steadied last week as fewer firings helped ease concern about higher gasoline prices.

The Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index was minus 46.4 in the period ended Jan. 22 after minus 47.4 the prior week. Confidence among independent voters, which may be a swing group in the 2012 election, rose to its best level since April.