Dollar Up as U.S. Consumer Confidence Rises

NEW YORK (AP) --€” The dollar rose against most major currencies as U.S. consumer confidence rose to its highest level in nearly five years.

The Conference Board says that its consumer confidence index increased in October to 72.2. That's up from a revised 68.4 in September and the highest reading since February 2008.

The euro fell to $1.2939 in late trading Thursday from $1.2962 late Wednesday. The British pound fell to $1.6125 from $1.6130.

The dollar rose to 80.18 Japanese yen from 79.76 Japanese yen and to 0.9321 Swiss franc from 0.9313 Swiss franc.

The dollar slipped to 99.62 Canadian cents from 1.0002 Canadian dollar.

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