Consumer sentiment gains slightly in June, but falls below expectations

U.S. consumer sentiment rose slightly in the final reading of June, hampered by fears of rising trade tensions.

The index increased to 98.2, below an expected 99.2 by economists surveyed by Thomson Reuters.

The index hit 98 in May, slumping since March when it reached its highest level since 2004 with a reading of 101.4.

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