Consumer sentiment has improved by more than anticipated in April, according to a report released today by Thomson Reuters and the University of Michigan, with the consumer sentiment index reaching a nine-month high, RTTNews reported. The report showed that the preliminary reading on the consumer sentiment index for April came in at 82.6 compared with the final March reading of 80. Economists had expected the index to inch up to a reading of 81. With the bigger-than-expected increase, Reuters said the consumer sentiment index reached its highest level since last July.