The Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index rose to -48.2 in the week ended May 22, up from a nine-month low of -49.4 the previous week. Readings of -40 or less are associated with recessions and their aftermaths, Bloomberg said.

Likewise, the personal finances gauge rose to -13.7 from -16.5 the previous week. As well, the buying climate index improved slightly to -55.8 from -56.1 the previous week.

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