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Euro zone consumer confidence up a fraction in March

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BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Euro zone consumer confidence improved marginally in March from last month, figures released on Wednesday showed.

The European Commission said a flash estimate euro zone consumer morale was -23.5, a fraction up from -23.6 in February.

A Reuters poll of economists had expected a rise to -23.3.

Making up over half of euro zone economic output, consumer spending has remained constrained as Europe's debt crisis limits household incomes, slowing economic recovery.

In the wider 27-member European Union, March consumer sentiment was unchanged from the last month at -21.6.

For European Commission data click on:

http://ec.europa.eu/economy_finance/db_indicators/surveys/index_en.htm

(Reporting By Ethan Bilby; editing by Rex Merrifield)

http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130320/euro-zone-consumer-confidence-fraction-march