The Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index, which had declined in June, improved slightly in July.
Released Tuesday morning, the index now stands at 59.5 (1985=100), up from a downwardly revised 57.6 in June.
Last year, July's index stood at 51.0. The Present Situation Index decreased to 35.7 from 36.6. The Expectations Index rose to 75.4 from 71.6 last month.