Economists polled by MarketWatch expected a final reading of 75.7 in April -- matching a preliminary estimate for the month.
The sentiment gauge, which covers how consumers view their personal finances as well as business and buying conditions, averaged about 87 in the year before the most recent recession.
Economists watch sentiment data to get a feel for the direction of consumer spending. High gas prices and stock-market volatility have been weighing on consumers in recent months.
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