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Consumer Comfort in U.S. Climbs to Highest Level Since April

  • Three-week gain of 4.6 points is biggest in six years
  • Measures of economy, buying climate and finances all improve

Consumer confidence climbed for a third week to reach its highest level since mid-April as Americans held more favorable views of the economy, buying climate and personal finances.

The Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index improved to 44.8 in the period ended Oct. 4, pushing above this year’s average, from 43. The measure has advanced 4.6 points over the last three weeks, the biggest gain for any comparable period since May 2009.