Consumer confidence climbed in March to the highest level in six years,
propelled by improved optimism about the economy's prospects, signaling growth
will strengthen after a weather-related slowdown, according to the Conference
The Conference Board's monthly sentiment index rose to
82.3, the highest since January 2008, from 78.3 in February.
spring might be evident and might be getting people a little more optimistic
that the future is going to be better," said Joe LaVorgna, chief U.S.
economist at Deutsche Bank Securities Inc.