Shoppers Ron and Phyllis Crimm peek inside a Coach Inc. outlet store instead of waiting in line during a charity preview event on the eve of the grand opening of the Outlet Shoppes of The Bluegrass in Simpsonville, Kentucky, U.S., on Wednesday, July 30, 2014. Confidence among U.S. consumers retreated last week to an almost two-month low as limited wage growth chipped away at perceptions about personal finances, according to the Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index. Even with the setback in sentiment, the weekly measure is holding close to its high of the year as a pickup in employment opportunities persists and stocks trade near a record. Photographer: Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg *** Local Caption *** Ron Crimm; Phyllis Crimm
Luke Sharrett Shoppers Ron and Phyllis Crimm peek inside a Coach Inc. outlet store instead of waiting in line during a charity preview event on the eve of the grand opening of the Outlet Shoppes of The Bluegrass in Simpsonville, Kentucky, U.S., on Wednesday, July 30, 2014. Confidence among U.S. consumers retreated last week to an almost two-month low as limited wage growth chipped away at perceptions about personal finances, according to the Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index. Even with the setback in sentiment, the weekly measure is holding close to its high of the year as a pickup in employment opportunities persists and stocks trade near a record. Photographer: Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg *** Local Caption *** Ron Crimm; Phyllis Crimm

Consumer confidence in the U.S. unexpectedly climbed in August to the highest level in almost seven years, reinforcing signs of a strengthening outlook for the second half of 2014.

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