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Consumer Comfort in U.S. Improves to Highest Since Early April

  • Sentiment about personal finances nears pre-pandemic levels
  • Optimism gain concentrated among women, lower-income Americans
    
Photographer: Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg

A weekly measure of U.S. consumer confidence advanced to the highest level early April as sentiment about personal finances approached pre-pandemic levels.

The Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index rose 1.9 points to 49.8 last week, data released Thursday showed. While the gauge has gained 15.1 points since hitting a six-year low in mid-May, it remains well below readings prior to the coronavirus-related shutdowns.