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The Conference Board is out with its monthly consumer confidence index, saying that it dropped to 79.7 in September, down from an adjusted August index of 81.8, and down just a bit from July's 82.1, which was the highest it has been in more than five years.

"While overall economic conditions appear to have moderately improved, consumers are uncertain that the momentum can be sustained in the months ahead," says Lynn Franco, director of economic indicators and surveys at The Conference Board. Franco suggests that continued concerns about wages and the job market seem to being weighing down consumer expectations.
KC's View:
I almost don't care what happens in Congress over the next month. It'll be like watching sausage being made, and all the economic dithering, and a possible government shutdown, is likely to hurt consumer confidence even more.