In this Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013 photo, a person demonstrates using a credit card in an ATM machine in Pittsburgh. ricans stepped up borrowing in January to buy cars and attend school, while staying cautious about using their credit cards. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
In this Friday, Dec. 21, 2012, photo, shoppers walk past a store at a mall in Salem, N.H. U.S. consumer confidence tumbled in December, driven lower by fears of sharp tax increases and government spending cuts set to take effect next week. The Conference Board said Thursday that its consumer confidence index fell this month to 65.1, down from 71.5 in November. That's second straight decline and the lowest level since August. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
In this Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012, photo, a couple descend an escalator while shopping at an H& M store, in Atlanta. U.S. consumer confidence tumbled in December, driven lower by fears of sharp tax increases and government spending cuts set to take effect next week. The Conference Board said Thursday that its consumer confidence index fell this month to 65.1, down from 71.5 in November. That's second straight decline and the lowest level since August. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
In this Friday, Nov. 23, 2012 photo, a cashier hands a customer his change and receipt during a transaction at a Sears store, in Henderson, Nev. Consumers spent and earned more in November, reflecting a rebound from the disruptions caused by Superstorm Sandy. The Commerce Department says, Friday, Dec. 21, 2012, consumer spending rose 0.4 percent compared with October. Personal income jumped 0.6 percent, the biggest gain in 11 months. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
In this Friday, Nov. 23, 2012, photo, a man examines a row of washers and dryers while shopping at a Sears store in Henderson, Nev. U.S. companies increased their orders for long-lasting manufactured goods in November, with a second consecutive monthly gain in a key category that reflects businesses’ investment plans. The Commerce Department reported Friday, Dec. 21, 2012, that orders for durable goods rose a seasonally adjusted 0.7 percent in November, compared to October, when orders had risen 1.1 percent. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
In this Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012 photo, a person exits a business with a "Closing Sale" sign, in Philadelphia. Confidence among U.S. consumers has sunk to its lowest point since July, according to a monthly index released Friday, Dec. 21, 2012. The University of Michigan says its consumer sentiment index for December fell to 72.9, a sharp drop from the November reading of 82.7. The November figure was a five-year high. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Gov. Chris Gregoire speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in her office Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012, in Olympia, Wash. Gregoire said she is preparing a new transportation package that would rival the major deal she helped approve in 2005 and will detail her plan during a budget proposal next week. The 2005 package included a 9.5-cent gas tax increase and other revenues that were slated to total $7 billion over the span of 16 years. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
WASHINGTON (AP) — Research group says consumer confidence fell in March amid economic angst, govt spending cuts.