Bloomberg by the Numbers: -36.3

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A customer loads a television in San Francisco.

That’s the Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index for the week ended Feb. 3.

The index — which measures consumers’ opinions about the national economy, the buying climate and their personal finances — rose from minus 37.5 a week earlier, marking the first time in five weeks that it didn’t decline. The index can range from minus 100 to plus 100.

Bloomberg’s Jeanna Smialek and Alex Kowalski write more about the Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index in a story that also notes that applications for unemployment benefits fell by 5,000 to 366,000 in the week ended Feb. 2.

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