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BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Euro zone consumer confidence rose to a 20-month high in December, European Commission figures showed on Wednesday, suggesting the bloc's economy will gather momentum into next year.
A flash estimate said euro zone consumer morale rose for a fourth consecutive month to -5.1 points, reaching its highest level since April 2015.
The figure beat market expectations of -6.0 points from economists polled by Reuters.
"This reinforces hopes that the euro zone will have seen some pick-up in (economic) ...growth in the fourth quarter and is set to see a decent start to 2017," said Howard Archer, economist at IHS Global Insight.
The 19-country currency bloc grew 0.3 percent in both the second and third quarters.
In the European Union as a whole, consumer sentiment rose by 1.2 points to -4.6.
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Reporting by Francesco Guarascio; editing by John Stonestreet