US consumers remain resolutely gloomy in the face of the nation's worsening economic climate. The University of Michigan-Reuters Consumer Sentiment Index fell to a 26-year low in early April, plunging to 63.2 from 69.5 in March.

Comments index director Richard Curtin: "Persistently high food and fuel prices as well as rising unemployment, have caused consumers to view their future financial prospect more negatively than any other time since 1980."

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