In this Friday, Aug. 25, 2017, photo, shoppers walk past a Foot Locker store in Boston. On Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017, the Conference Board releases its July index on U.S. consumer confidence. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
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U.S. consumer confidence surged to a five-month high in August as households grew increasingly upbeat about the labor market while house prices rose further in June, suggesting a recent acceleration in consumer spending was likely to be sustained.Strong consumer confidence bodes well for consumer spending, which accelerated in the second quarter after slowing at the start of the year.The U.S. central bank has raised rates twice this year.The Conference Board survey showed consumers mildly upbeat about their short-term income prospects. The percentage of consumers expecting an improvement in their income rose slightly to 20.9 percent this month from 20.0 percent in July. A second report Tuesday showed the S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller composite index of house prices in 20 metropolitan areas rose 5.7 percent in June on a year-over-year basis after a similar increase in May.
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