Consumer confidence at lowest level since January

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WASHINGTON — Consumer confidence dropped this month to its lowest level since January after the partial federal government shutdown, though the decline wasn't as bad as some had forecast, according to new data released Friday.

The preliminary October consumer sentiment index from the University of Michigan and Thompson Reuters fell to 75.2 from 77.5 the previous month. Economists surveyed by Bloomberg News had projected the October figure would drop to 75.