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This week: Consumer confidence, Cintas earnings, pending home sales

A look at some of the key business events and economic indicators upcoming this week.

The Conference Board on Tuesday releases its consumer confidence index for March.

In February, American consumers were feeling less confident as concerns over a possible recession grew despite most recent data pointing to a healthy U.S. economy. The index’s decline last month came after three straight months of improvement. Consumer spending accounts for about 70% of U.S. economic activity, so economists pay close attention to consumer behavior.

Consumer confidence, by month:

Workplace uniform company Cintas reports its third-quarter earnings before the bell Wednesday.

Cincinnati-based Cintas is expected by Wall Street analysts to post earnings of $3.58 per share in the period on sales of $2.4 billion in sales. That would be a significant increase over the same period last year when the company earned…

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