U.S. Sept. Michigan Sentiment Index Increases to 73.1 (Update1)
By Bob Willis

Sept. 12 (Bloomberg) -- Confidence among U.S. consumers rose the most in more than four years as a decline in gasoline prices provided relief from rising unemployment and tumbling home values.

The Reuters/University of Michigan preliminary index of consumer sentiment increased to 73.1 this month, the biggest increase since January 2004, from 63 in August. The measure averaged 85.6 in 2007.

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