NEW YORK (Reuters) – Consumer confidence tumbled in March as Americans turned more pessimistic about economic prospects in the short term, according to a private sector report released on Tuesday. The Conference Board, an industry group, said its index of consumer attitudes fell to 59.7 from a downwardly revised 68 in February. The figure fell short of economists' expectations of 68. February was originally reported as 69.6. The expectations index slid to 60.9 from 72.4, while the present situation index declined to 57.9 from 61.4. …
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