Consumer confidence in the United States rose more than expected in December, hitting an eight-month high.
Industry group the Conference Board says its index of consumer sentiment increased to 64.5 from a downwardly revised 55.2 in November.
Economists had expected a reading of 58.3, but Americans are growing more upbeat about the labour market and their financial situation.
The US unemployment rate fell to a two-and-a-half year low last month.
Applications for first time jobless benefits were the lowest since April 2008.