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In this Thursday, May 9 2013, photo, two shoppers are reflected in the mirror at a shopping mall in Costa Mesa, Calif. The private Conference Board reports on consumer confidence for May on Tuesday, May 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

U.S. consumer confidence rises in May to 5-year high

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By MARTIN CRUTSINGER

AP Economics Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Americans' confidence in the economy jumped in May to a five-year high, lifted by a better outlook for hiring, rising home prices and more optimism about business conditions. The increase suggests consumers may keep boosting economic growth this year.

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