NEW YORK -- Consumers said they anticipate better business conditions and improved job prospects in the new year, adding another piece of evidence to the case suggesting that the U.S. economy could be on the road to recovery. Ending 2001 on a positive note, the Conference Board here reported that consumer confidence rebounded sharply in December, reversing five months of steady declines, as worries eased about further deterioration in the economy and the labor market. The report suggested ...

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