By and  on October 26, 2010

The Conference Board’s Consumer Confidence Index turned up marginally in October — to 50.2 from 48.6 in September — but difficult conditions in the job market have left it “hovering at historically low levels.”

The Present Situation Index grew to 23.9 from 23.3 last month, while the Expectations Index improved a bit more rapidly to 67.8 from 65.5. The overall number for the month was the third lowest of the year, above only the 46.4 registered for February and last month’s disappointing showing.

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