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Confidence fall for shoppers Here comes the bride...run!

Consumer confidence has fallen again after a surprise lift at the turn of the year, a high street survey revealed today.

Despite the slight turnaround after a lift during the January sales, experts suggested the sharp fall in spending over the last two years may be coming to an end.

The consumer sentiment index, compiled by KBC Ireland and the Economic and Social Research Institute, found shoppers remained extremely cautious last month as credit card bills arrived.

Austin Hughes, KBC Ireland, put much of the change down to the poorer buying climate after the sales.

Here comes the bride...run!

A newlywed couple spent their wedding night in separate jail cells after police said the bride tried to run over an old flame of the groom.

Police told the Cape Cod Times that 22-year-old Marissa Ann Putignano-Keene tried to also hit the woman's son in a car park. The intended victim later told police that she had previously been in a relationship with the groom.

The bride was charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. Her husband, 37-year-old Timothy Keene, was in the car with her and was charged with disorderly conduct.