The consumer confidence index dropped to 46.6 from an unrevised 49.3 last month, the Conference Board reported yesterday. Economists polled by Thomson Reuters had predicted the index would dip to 49.0.

The present situation index slid to 23.4 from an upwardly revised 25.0, originally reported as 24.8, while the expectations index fell to 62.0 from an unrevised 65.5 last month.

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