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• The National Associated of Convenience Stores (NACS) is out with its December 2017 Consumer Fuels Survey, reporting that “low gas prices continue to push consumer optimism to high levels and this optimism will likely translate into more holiday travel and shopping … For the third consecutive month, 61% of gas purchasers say they feel optimistic about the economy, tied for the highest level recorded over the past five years of the monthly surveys.  Optimism is largely uniform across regions but there is a significant difference by gender: Men are far likelier than women to say that they are optimistic about the economy (69% vs. 53%).”

Not surprised that women are less optimistic, since I have to imagine that all the stories and headlines about sexual harassment and assault in the workplace have to be eroding their ability to feel good about the nation’s direction.
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