PTELook at the text below. In 35 seconds, you must read this text aloud as naturally and clearly as possible. You have 35 seconds to read aloud.

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The Conference Board ’ s consumer-confidence index, which measures both American consumers ’ assessment of current conditions and their expectations, rose to its highest level since 2001. Updated figures from the Commerce Department confirmed earlier estimates that the economy grew by 1.6% year-on - year in 2016, the slowest rate for five years — though growth picked up to 1.9% in the final quarter.

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