NEW YORK — Consumers were slightly more pessimistic about jobs and the economy in December than they were in November, according to the latest data from the Conference Board’s Consumer Confidence Index, which was released last week. The unexpected decline in confidence came on the heels of a holiday shopping season that was stronger than many had predicted, with the MasterCard SpendingPulse survey earlier last week reporting that consumers spent 5.5% more during this year’s holiday season ...

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