By  on April 28, 2009

Consumer confidence rose vigorously in April as faint signs of optimism surfaced on a still challenging economic landscape.

The Conference Board’s Consumer Confidence Index jumped to 39.2 in April, up from 26.9 in March. The gain resulted from a boost in the expectations component of the overall Index, which leaped to 49.5 from 30.2 last month. While the present situation component rose far more modestly, to 23.7 from 21.9 in March, the overall result still qualified as the fourth-largest increase in the 32-year history of the survey.

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