June 20, 2013 / 2:03 PM / 4 years ago

Euro zone consumer confidence rises sharply in June

An orange farmer waits for customers at the Malveira village market, on the outskirts of Lisbon May 30, 2013.Jose Manuel Ribeiro

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Euro zone consumer confidence improved sharply in June, the first estimate from the European Commission showed on Thursday, lending support to forecasts of a gradual economic recovery later this year.

The Commission said consumer confidence in the 17 countries using the euro rose to -18.8 points in June from -21.9 points in May.

In the whole European Union of 27 countries, consumer confidence improved to -17.5 from -20.2 in May.

Reporting By Jan Strupczewski

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