The Consumer Confidence Index decreased to 63.4 (1985=100) in March after increasing to 72.0 in February from 64.8 in January. The index was expected to decrease with the consensus at 63.9. The Present Situation Index increased to 36.9 from 33.8. The Expectations Index decreased to 81.1 from 97.5 in February. Consumer opinion about current market conditions improved and the short term outlook was considerably less favorable than in February.
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