US Consumer Confidence Climbs to Highest Level in Nearly a Year

Jill Blaker, left, and her daughter Danielle Blaker Nance, distant right, assistance Vera Herbert emporium during B. Nance Fine Gifts, in Florence, S.C., on Jul 19.
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WASHINGTON—A pointer of U.S. consumer certainty rose to a top turn in scarcely a year in August, suggesting that domicile spending will sojourn a pivotal support for a economy.

The Conference Board’s consumer-confidence index climbed to 101.1 in Aug from 96.7 in July, a organisation pronounced Tuesday. That was a top reading given Sep 2015.

Economists surveyed by The Wall Street Journal had approaching an Aug reading of 97.0.

“Consumers’ comment of both stream business and labor marketplace conditions was extremely some-more auspicious than final month,” pronounced Lynn Franco, a group’s executive of mercantile indicators.

The survey’s present-situation index increasing to 123.0 from 118.8, while a expectations index softened to 86.4 from 82.0.

“Short-term expectations per business and practice conditions, as good as personal income prospects, also improved, suggesting a probability of a assuage pickup in expansion in a entrance months,” pronounced Lynn Franco, a group’s executive of mercantile indicators.

American households have consistently been a biggest motorist of mercantile expansion in a U.S. During a second entertain of a year, consumer expenditures modernized during a fastest rate given late 2014, offsetting weaker business and supervision spending.

Consumer spending rose for a fourth true month in July, a Commerce Department pronounced Monday, a pointer of stability movement in a third entertain of a year.

Separate measures of consumer view haven’t been as upbeat. The University of Michigan pronounced Friday a magnitude of certainty fell in Aug to a lowest turn given Apr as younger households reported reduction auspicious personal financial prospects.

The Conference Board also found a some-more auspicious opinion for a labor marketplace and wages.

The Labor Department on Friday releases a jobs news for August. Economists design nonfarm payrolls to grow by a seasonally practiced 180,000 from a before month. That is a slack from Jun and July’s gains though roughly in line with an normal monthly boost of 186,000 so distant this year.

Write to Jeffrey Sparshott during jeffrey.sparshott@wsj.com

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