In this June 17, 2014 , a shopper looks at an item in the dairy section of a Kroger grocery store in Richardson, Texas.(AP Photo/LM Otero)
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Consumer confidence in the U.S. rose in June to the highest level in more than six years as an improving job market bolsters households.Fewer firings, gains in employment and record stock prices are underpinning attitudes, brightening the outlook for consumer spending, which accounts for almost 70 percent of the economy.The Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index rose to 37.1 in the week ended June 15, approaching the strongest level of the year. The Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan preliminary index of consumer sentiment unexpectedly decreased to a three-month low.The share of Americans who said jobs were currently plentiful rose to 14.7 percent, the highest since May 2008, from 14.2 percent.
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