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India tops confidence charts

Consumers in India recorded the highest levels of confidence across Asia Pacific during the first half of this year, new figures show.

MasterCard, the financial services group, polled 11,367 people in 25 countries worldwide, and broke out the results for markets including Australia, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, South Korea and Vietnam.

India registered 82.1 points on the company’s regular barometer of popular sentiment, where 100 points indicated the strongest level of positivity, meaning it was labelled as "very optimistic".