US consumer confidence dips slightly in August

WASHINGTON — Consumer confidence dipped slightly in August after a big rebound in July.The Conference Board, a business research group, said Tuesday that its consumer confidence index edged down to 135.1 in August, slightly below a July reading of 135.8, which had been the highest since November. Economists had been looking for a bigger drop in August.The reading on consumers’ assessment of current conditions improved and now stands at its highest level in nearly 19 years.Conference Board economists say that while other parts of the economy have shown some weakness, consumers have remained confident and willing to spend. The consumer is expected to be key in cushioning the adverse effects to the U.S. economy from trade wars and a global slowdown.Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press read more

Ursula Keogh body found in river during search for missing 11yearold girl

first_imgPolice searching for a missing 11 year-old have found the body of a young girl in a river.On Monday, officers launched an appeal to find Ursula Keogh, from Halifax, who was last seen at around 3.30pm dressed in her school uniform.She was last spotted walking across the North Bridge over the River Calder, which runs through West Yorkshire.The young girl was wearing  a dark blue blazer, grey skirt, black tights, black brogues and a black parka.Her family have been told of the discovery of a body in the River Calder at Paris Gates and formal identification is yet to take place, West Yorkshire Police said. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. “Our thoughts and prayers are with Ursula’s family and friends and at this very difficult time.” Latest Update: Missing Person Ursula Keogh, Halifax – Monday 22 January 20:45pm Police looking for missing 11-year-old Ursula Keogh have this evening found the body of a young female in the River Calder at Paris Gates in Halifax. Enquiries will remain… https://t.co/HgxpvETOwr— West Yorkshire Police (@WestYorksPolice) January 22, 2018 The force said it is not believed there are any suspicious circumstances.It said in a statement:  “Inquiries will remain ongoing to determine a cause of the death, however, at this stage, it is not believed there are any suspicious circumstances.”Her school, the Lightcliffe Academy, said it will remain open today to help support pupils  and is going to hold a memorial assembly in remembrance for the student.The school said: “Following the tragic death last night of our student Ursula Keogh, the academy is open today as we look to support students and the whole academy community with this heartbreaking loss.last_img read more