The Dow Jones Economic Sentiment Indicator jumped 2.2 points to 46.1 in December, after holding steady at 43.9 in October and November. In December 2009, the indicator stood at 38.7.

The Indicator, which gauges economic coverage in 15 major daily U.S. newspapers, rose on positive coverage on local real estate markets and strong holiday shopping. For instance, there was a report on brisk sales of mansions priced at $3 million or more in Westchester County, N.Y., pockets of recovery in commercial real estate in San Francisco’s Bay Area, and interest in the Telecom Corridor, a business park in northern Dallas.

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