The primary driver of the decline in the Indicator was consumers' online purchasing behavior. The consumer online purchasing index dropped from 84 to 77.8, while consumer confidence dropped 2.8 points. NPD, a marketing information company, said the results aren't encouraging, with signs that consumers are backing off some of their support of the new economy. Consumer attitudes and behavior toward the future economy and future job market significantly declined in June, dropping 7.9 points to 98.9, the lowest level since the start of tracking in January.
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