Consumer confidence plummets to new low in Feb. (AP)

Mary Ann Herrera is seen at her home in San Antonio, Monday, Feb. 23, 2009.   Under the threat of foreclosure, Herrara asked her brother to paint the words 'Help!!' and 'Foreclosure!!' on her home recently in hopes of getting assistance. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)AP – Americans’ already battered confidence in the economy went into free fall in February, sinking to new lows as consumers grow more fearful over massive job cuts and shrinking retirement accounts.


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