FILE -In this Friday, Nov. 23, 2012, file photo, shoppers rummage through a pile of sweaters on sale at a J.C. Penney store, in Las Vegas. U.S. consumer confidence rose this month to its highest level in almost five years, helped by a better outlook for hiring over the next six months. The Conference Board said Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012, that its consumer confidence index rose to 73.7 in November from 73.1 in October. Both are the best readings since February 2008. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

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FILE -In this Friday, Nov. 23, 2012, file photo, shoppers rummage through a pile of sweaters on sale at a J.C. Penney store, in Las Vegas. U.S. consumer confidence rose this month to its highest level in almost five years, helped by a better outlook for hiring over the next six months. The Conference Board said Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012, that its consumer confidence index rose to 73.7 in November from 73.1 in October. Both are the best readings since February 2008.  (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
FILE -In this Friday, Nov. 23, 2012, file photo, shoppers rummage through a pile of sweaters on sale at a J.C. Penney store, in Las Vegas. U.S. consumer confidence rose this month to its highest level in almost five years, helped by a better outlook for hiring over the next six months. The Conference Board said Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012, that its consumer confidence index rose to 73.7 in November from 73.1 in October. Both are the best readings since February 2008. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
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