By Nopparat Chaichalearmmongkol

BANGKOK--Thailand's consumers remained optimistic about the local economy last month, according to a new survey, in line with economists who have expressed confidence in its slow improvement.

The University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce said Thursday that the country's consumer confidence index again rose in January, to 74.5 from 73.7 in December, when the index picked up for the first time in three months.

Based on a survey of 2,238 respondents conducted late last month, the university said consumers continued to feel upbeat after the country's exports in 2016 registered their first growth in four years. Last year, the value of overseas shipments rose 0.45% and thetotal trade surplus stood at $20.66 billion.

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