National consumer confidence posted its second large increase in two months. But Florida consumer sentiment was essentially flat in May, according to figures released Tuesday.
The national Consumer Confidence Index was up 14 points this month, to 54.9, according to the Conference Board, the New-York based group that conducts the monthly survey. Driving this was the ''Expectations Index,'' which is the part of the survey that measures beliefs about the future. That part was up 22 points, to 72.3.
Sentiment about the present was up a more modest 3.4 points, to 28.9.