Consumer Sentiment Jumps in December

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An early gauge of consumer sentiment soared in December to its highest level in nearly two years, a sign of confidence in the economy in the wake of the election of Donald Trump following a bruising campaign. 

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The University of Michigan said Friday its preliminary reading of consumer sentiment rose to 98.0 in December, from November's final reading of 93.8. It is up 5.8% from December 2015. 

Many consumers surveyed volunteered their hopes for "the expected positive impact of new economic policies," said Richard Curtin, the survey's chief economist. "No group has adopted a pessimistic outlook for the economy." 

Economists surveyed by The Wall Street Journal had expected a December reading of 94.8. 

The jump in optimism reflects a dramatic turnaround from consumers' attitudes in October, when sentiment had matched a two-year low. 

The forward-looking index of consumer expectations is up 7.5% from December a year ago, and the index reflecting sentiment on current economic conditions rose 3.7% from December last year. 

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