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In this July 21, 2021, photo, a consumer shops as she wears a mask at a retail store in Morton Grove, Illinois. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
In this July 21, 2021, photo, a consumer shops as she wears a mask at a retail store in Morton Grove, Illinois. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Consumer confidence slides for third consecutive month (access required)

U.S. consumer confidence declined for the third straight month in September as the delta variant of the coronavirus extends the life of the pandemic.