Future expectations were also somewhat disparate, the survey said.
The share of consumers that expect business conditions to improve over the next six months declined, while the share that expect conditions to worsen was on the rise.
Consumers, however, had a rosier view of the labor market: Those anticipating more jobs in the months ahead increased slightly from 12 percent to 12.9 percent, the Conference Board said, while those anticipating fewer jobs decreased from 18.5 percent to 16.6 percent.
Hiring has been healthy in 2015, the Associated Press reported Tuesday. Employers are adding an average of 210,000 jobs a month through November. Unemployment has stayed at a seven-year low 5 percent for two straight months, AP said.
Major indexes traded slightly higher after the consumer confidence announcement.
— The AP contributed to this report.