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The Conference Board's reports that its consumer confidence index reached 92.9 this month, up from last month’s 88.5.

In addition, home sales and job growth also were reported to be on rise, adding to the picture of a US economy that is increasingly rosy as the presidential election approaches.
KC's View:
The New York Times has an interesting column by Tom Friedman today in which he writes that the current environment is exactly the opposite of what had been hoped for by the John Kerry campaign, which has certainly been counting on a stable Iraq and a reeling economy. Instead, we’ve got an improving economy and an Iraq in turmoil.

Which probably just means that the next six months of campaigning is going to be a nightmare for everybody.