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Consumer sentiment up

CONSUMER sentiment improved marginally in March, the third monthly gain in a row, the latest figures show.

The KBC Bank Ireland/ESRI Consumer Sentiment index rose to 60.6 in March from 57 in February to stand at its highest level since October 2011. The index had stood at 59.5 in March 2011.

KBC said consumers are not quite as gloomy as they were at the peak of the eurozone debt crisis.