Euro zone consumer confidence jumps more than expected in March

March 24, 2021 11:17 AM EDT

FILE PHOTO: People, wearing protective face masks, queue outside a shop in a street in Nice as France' 16 hardest-hit departments will go into a third lockdown imposed to slow the rate of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) contagion, March 19, 2021. REUT

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BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Euro zone consumer confidence jumped more than expected in March, the European Commission's flash estimate showed on Wednesday, despite worries over a third wave of COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns.

The Commission's monthly estimate showed confidence among consumers rise 4 points to -10.8 in March, beating expectations in a Reuters poll of economists of an improvement to -14.5.

(Reporting by Jan Strupczewski)

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