Consumer Confidence Photos on Townhall

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    Posted: 2/28/2012 6:25:46 PM EST
    In this Feb. 27, 2012 photo, a shopper from Los Angeles, loads a 60 inch Samsung LED TV into his truck at Costco Wholesale store in Glendale, Calif. A private research group says that consumer confidence in February rose to the highest level since a year ago when the U.S. economy?s outlook started to look brighter before souring again. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
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    Posted: 2/28/2012 6:25:46 PM EST
    In this Feb. 21, 2012 photo, a customer exits Lowe's, in New York. A private research group says that consumer confidence in February rose to the highest level since a year ago when the U.S. economy?s outlook started to look brighter before souring again. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
  •  - Traders work on the floor just before the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange

    Traders work on the floor just before the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange

    Posted: 2/28/2012 5:30:13 PM EST
    Traders work on the floor just before the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange February 28, 2012. The Dow closed above 13,000 for the first time since 2008 and the S&P 500 also hit a milestone, as buoyant U.S. consumer confidence data and a sharp drop in oil prices nudged the nearly five-month rally forward. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid (UNITED STATES - Tags: BUSINESS)
  •  - Traders work on the floor just before the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange

    Traders work on the floor just before the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange

    Posted: 2/28/2012 5:27:58 PM EST
    Traders work on the floor just before the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange February 28, 2012. The Dow closed above 13,000 for the first time since 2008 and the S&P 500 also hit a milestone, as buoyant U.S. consumer confidence data and a sharp drop in oil prices nudged the nearly five-month rally forward. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid (UNITED STATES - Tags: BUSINESS)
  •  - A screen displays the Dow Jones Industrial average after the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange

    A screen displays the Dow Jones Industrial average after the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange

    Posted: 2/28/2012 5:04:53 PM EST
    A screen displays the Dow Jones Industrial average after the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange February 28, 2012. The Dow closed above 13,000 for the first time since 2008 and the S&P 500 also hit a milestone, as buoyant U.S. consumer confidence data and a sharp drop in oil prices nudged the nearly five-month rally forward. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid (UNITED STATES - Tags: BUSINESS)
  •  - A screen displays the Dow Jones Industrial average after the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange

    A screen displays the Dow Jones Industrial average after the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange

    Posted: 2/28/2012 4:44:29 PM EST
    A screen displays the Dow Jones Industrial average after the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange February 28, 2012. The Dow closed above 13,000 for the first time since 2008 and the S&P 500 also hit a milestone, as buoyant U.S. consumer confidence data and a sharp drop in oil prices nudged the nearly five-month rally forward. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid (UNITED STATES - Tags: BUSINESS)
  •  - Traders work on the floor after the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange

    Traders work on the floor after the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange

    Posted: 2/28/2012 4:41:52 PM EST
    Traders work on the floor after the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange February 28, 2012. The Dow closed above 13,000 for the first time since 2008 and the S&P 500 also hit a milestone, as buoyant U.S. consumer confidence data and a sharp drop in oil prices nudged the nearly five-month rally forward. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid (UNITED STATES - Tags: BUSINESS)
  •  - An unfinished hotel building is seen near the ruins of the "Cortijo Jurado" building in Malaga

    An unfinished hotel building is seen near the ruins of the "Cortijo Jurado" building in Malaga

    Posted: 1/31/2012 8:00:41 PM EST
    An unfinished hotel building is seen near the ruins of the "Cortijo Jurado" building in Malaga, southern Spain January 31, 2012. Many residential building projects in the country have come to a standstill due to the financial crisis. The collapse of the property market after the 2007 global credit crunch and shrinking consumer confidence have hit the economic cornerstones of construction and services, leaving Spain struggling to grow since emerging from recession in 2010. REUTERS/Jon Nazca (SPAIN - Tags: BUSINESS CONSTRUCTION REAL ESTATE)
  •  - A tow truck tows a van along a street past unfinished residential buildings in La Cala de Mijas

    A tow truck tows a van along a street past unfinished residential buildings in La Cala de Mijas

    Posted: 1/31/2012 7:58:13 PM EST
    A tow truck tows a van along a street past unfinished residential buildings in La Cala de Mijas, near Malaga, southern Spain January 31, 2012. Many residential building projects in the country have come to a standstill due to the financial crisis. The collapse of the property market after the 2007 global credit crunch and shrinking consumer confidence have hit the economic cornerstones of construction and services, leaving Spain struggling to grow since emerging from recession in 2010. REUTERS/Jon Nazca (SPAIN - Tags: BUSINESS CONSTRUCTION REAL ESTATE)
  •  - An unfinished residential building is seen in Benalmadena

    An unfinished residential building is seen in Benalmadena

    Posted: 1/31/2012 7:52:27 PM EST
    An unfinished residential building is seen in Benalmadena, near Malaga, southern Spain January 31, 2012. Many residential building projects in the country have come to a standstill due to the financial crisis. The collapse of the property market after the 2007 global credit crunch and shrinking consumer confidence have hit the economic cornerstones of construction and services, leaving Spain struggling to grow since emerging from recession in 2010. REUTERS/Jon Nazca (SPAIN - Tags: BUSINESS CONSTRUCTION REAL ESTATE)
  •  - An unfinished house is seen near an unfinished residential building in Benalmadena

    An unfinished house is seen near an unfinished residential building in Benalmadena

    Posted: 1/31/2012 7:48:13 PM EST
    An unfinished house is seen near an unfinished residential building in Benalmadena, near Malaga, southern Spain January 31, 2012. Many residential building projects in the country have come to a standstill due to the financial crisis. The collapse of the property market after the 2007 global credit crunch and shrinking consumer confidence have hit the economic cornerstones of construction and services, leaving Spain struggling to grow since emerging from recession in 2010. REUTERS/Jon Nazca (SPAIN - Tags: BUSINESS CONSTRUCTION REAL ESTATE)
  •  - A house is seen behind an unfinished residential building in Marbella

    A house is seen behind an unfinished residential building in Marbella

    Posted: 1/31/2012 6:46:40 PM EST
    A house is seen behind an unfinished residential building in Marbella, near Malaga, southern Spain January 31, 2012. Many residential building projects in the country have come to a standstill due to the financial crisis. The collapse of the property market after the 2007 global credit crunch and shrinking consumer confidence have hit the economic cornerstones of construction and services, leaving Spain struggling to grow since emerging from recession in 2010. REUTERS/Jon Nazca (SPAIN - Tags: BUSINESS CONSTRUCTION)
  •  - An unfinished residential building (L) is seen on a mountain in Estepona

    An unfinished residential building (L) is seen on a mountain in Estepona

    Posted: 1/31/2012 6:44:14 PM EST
    An unfinished residential building (L) is seen on a mountain in Estepona, near Malaga, southern Spain January 31, 2012. Many residential building projects in the country have come to a standstill due to the financial crisis. The collapse of the property market after the 2007 global credit crunch and shrinking consumer confidence have hit the economic cornerstones of construction and services, leaving Spain struggling to grow since emerging from recession in 2010. REUTERS/Jon Nazca (SPAIN - Tags: BUSINESS)
  •  - A pallet of cement bags hardened over time is seen next to unfinished residential buildings in La Cala de Mijas

    A pallet of cement bags hardened over time is seen next to unfinished residential buildings in La Cala de Mijas

    Posted: 1/31/2012 6:40:36 PM EST
    A pallet of cement bags hardened over time is seen next to unfinished residential buildings in La Cala de Mijas, near Malaga, southern Spain January 31, 2012. Many residential building projects in the country have come to a standstill due to the financial crisis. The collapse of the property market after the 2007 global credit crunch and shrinking consumer confidence have hit the economic cornerstones of construction and services, leaving Spain struggling to grow since emerging from recession in 2010. REUTERS/Jon Nazca (SPAIN - Tags: BUSINESS CONSTRUCTION)
  •  - An unfinished residential building is seen in Marbella

    An unfinished residential building is seen in Marbella

    Posted: 1/31/2012 6:40:22 PM EST
    An unfinished residential building is reflected in a pool of water in Marbella, near Malaga, southern Spain January 31, 2012. Many residential building projects in the country have come to a standstill due to the financial crisis. The collapse of the property market after the 2007 global credit crunch and shrinking consumer confidence have hit the economic cornerstones of construction and services, leaving Spain struggling to grow since emerging from recession in 2010. REUTERS/Jon Nazca (SPAIN - Tags: BUSINESS CONSTRUCTION TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
  •  - An unfinished residential building is seen in Marbella

    An unfinished residential building is seen in Marbella

    Posted: 1/31/2012 6:38:50 PM EST
    An unfinished residential building is reflected in a pool of water in Marbella, near Malaga, southern Spain January 31, 2012. Many residential building projects in the country have come to a standstill due to the financial crisis. The collapse of the property market after the 2007 global credit crunch and shrinking consumer confidence have hit the economic cornerstones of construction and services, leaving Spain struggling to grow since emerging from recession in 2010. REUTERS/Jon Nazca (SPAIN - Tags: BUSINESS)
  •  - An unfinished residential building is seen in Cartama Estacion

    An unfinished residential building is seen in Cartama Estacion

    Posted: 1/31/2012 6:38:41 PM EST
    An unfinished residential building is seen in Cartama Estacion, near Malaga, southern Spain January 31, 2012. Many residential building projects in the country have come to a standstill due to the financial crisis. The collapse of the property market after the 2007 global credit crunch and shrinking consumer confidence have hit the economic cornerstones of construction and services, leaving Spain struggling to grow since emerging from recession in 2010. The words in red read, "Flats for sale". REUTERS/Jon Nazca (SPAIN - Tags: BUSINESS)
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    Posted: 1/31/2012 1:15:46 PM EST
    Gasoline prices are displayed at a Mobil station in Los Angeles, Monday, Jan. 30, 2012. A private research group said Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2012, that consumer confidence retreated in January after two straight months of big gains. Rising gas prices have also taken a toll on sentiment. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)
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    Posted: 1/31/2012 1:15:45 PM EST
    In this Jan. 12, 2012 photo, Joseph Churchman, of Portland, center, waits with others during a job fair employer hiring event for Safeway, in Portland, Ore. A private research group said Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2012, that consumer confidence retreated in January after two straight months of big gains. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
  •  - Spain's Economy Minister de Guindos attends the swearing-in ceremony of his economic team at the Economy Ministry in Madrid

    Spain's Economy Minister de Guindos attends the swearing-in ceremony of his economic team at the Economy Ministry in Madrid

    Posted: 1/3/2012 8:15:27 AM EST
    Spain's Economy Minister Luis de Guindos attends the swearing-in ceremony of his economic team at the Economy Ministry in Madrid January 3, 2012. Spain's registered jobless increased slightly in December as the traditionally busy holiday season failed to offset the economic slump although consumer confidence showed a slight improvement. REUTERS/Andrea Comas (POLITICS BUSINESS EMPLOYMENT)