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Euro zone consumer confidence rises to -6.5 in May

(Reuters) - Euro zone consumer confidence rose by 0.8 point in May from the April number, figures released on Tuesday showed.

The European Commission said a flash estimate showed euro zone consumer morale improved to -6.5 this month from a revised -7.3 in April.

Economists polled by Reuters had expected May euro zone consumer confidence to be at -7.7.

In the European Union (EU) as a whole, consumer sentiment rose by 1.1 point to -6.2.

(Reporting by Piotr Lipinski in Gdynia)