Article Photos: US economy gets lift from consumers, businesses 1/2

  FILE -In this Friday, Nov. 23, 2012, file photo, Tonya Thomas, of Russellville, Ky., makes her way through the aisles at Best Buy in Bowling Green, Ky. U.S. consumer confidence rose this month to its highest level in almost five years, helped by a better outlook for hiring over the next six months. The Conference Board said Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012, that its consumer confidence index rose to 73.7 in November from 73.1 in October. Both are the best readings since February 2008. (AP Photo/Daily News, Alex Slitz)