The University of Michigan's final December consumer sentiment index reading was 72.5, compared to the preliminary December number of 73.4, the final November figure of 67.4, the preliminary November 66.0 reading, and the final October 70.6 number, according to market sources.

Economists polled by Thomson Reuters had predicted a 73.5 reading for the index.

The expectations index was 68.9 compared to 69.7 earlier in the month, 66.5 in November, 63.7 earlier in November, and 68.6 in October.

The current conditions index was 78.0 compared to 79.1 earlier in the month, 68.8 last month, 69.6 earlier in November, and 73.7 in October.

Economists polled by Thomson Reuters had predicted a 69.7 reading for the current conditions index and 79.1 for the expectations index.

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