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US consumer sentiment edges down to 81.8 in July
US consumer sentiment edges down to 81.8 reading in July reflecting lower future expectations
By MARTIN CRUTSINGER
Associated Press
2014-08-01 11:42 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A measure of U.S. consumer confidence slipped in July although it remained at levels signaling further gains in consumer spending.

The University of Michigan says its index of consumer sentiment edged down to 81.8 in July from 82.3 in June. The index of consumers' assessment of current conditions rose but the index for expectations dipped slightly from the June reading.

Survey director Richard Curtin says that consumers have yet to interpret the recent gains in jobs and wages as a sign of more robust hiring and economic growth in the future.

The final reading for the sentiment gauge for July was a slight improvement over a preliminary reading of 81.3.

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