Bloomberg by the Numbers: -38.6

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Shoppers in New York City.

That’s the year-to-date average of the Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index, a weekly measurement based on Americans’ views of their national economy, the buying climate and their personal finances.

The index was minus 33.8 in the week ended Dec. 2, the 11th consecutive week above minus 40, the threshold associated with a troubled economy. The index’s annual average last exceeded minus 40 in 2007, the year before the financial crisis took hold.

The comfort index, produced by Langer Research Associates, can range from plus 100 to minus 100.

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