Consumer confidence rose in November, according to the Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan consumer sentiment index released Friday.
The month’s preliminary index rose to a reading of 84.9, from 82.6 the prior month.
Economists had forecast the index would rise to 82.9, Bloomberg reported.
The index averaged 89 in the five years leading up to the 18-month economic recession that began in December 2007.
The survey’s index of current conditions asks Americans if they are better off than they were a year ago and if it is a good time to buy big-ticket items.