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Consumer spending up 0.8 percent, but income lags

WASHINGTON — U.S. consumers boosted their spending in February by the most in seven months. But Americans’ income barely grew, and the saving rate fell to its lowest point in more than two years. The Commerce Department said Friday that ...

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U.S. consumer confidence is roughly flat in March

NEW YORK — Americans’ rosy outlook about the U.S. economy remains resilient as they focus on the good in the barrage of conflicting economic news. A widely watched barometer of consumer confidence barely budged in March after last month hitting ...

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Consumer confidence up in February to highest level in a year

NEW YORK — Americans are feeling better about the economy again, but will it last this time? A widely watched barometer of consumer confidence surged in February to its highest level in a year as Americans took note of improving ...

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Retailers post mixed sales results for January

NEW YORK — Retailers reported mixed sales results for January in a sign that American shoppers are continuing to be cautious about when and where they spend their money in the shaky economy. Of the 12 merchants reporting monthly sales ...

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Consumer confidence falls in January

NEW YORK — It looks like Americans are starting to doubt that the economy in 2012 will be that much better than it was last year. Consumer confidence fell in January after two straight months of big gains as Americans ...

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Economy grew modest 2.8 pct. in Q4, best in 2011

WASHINGTON — The U.S. economy grew at a 2.8 percent annual rate in the final three months of last year, the fastest growth in 2011. Americans spent more on cars and trucks, and companies restocked their shelves at the strongest ...

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Factories, builders boost economy at end of year

WASHINGTON — U.S. manufacturers ended 2011 with their best month of growth since the late spring. And the struggling construction industry spent more on projects for the third time in four months. The data bolstered hopes that the economy is ...

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U.S. job market ends year in better shape

WASHINGTON (AP) — The long-suffering job market is ending the year better off than it began. The number of people applying for unemployment benefits each week has dropped by 10 percent since January. The unemployment rate, 8.6 percent in November, ...

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Consumer confidence index surges in December

Americans are gaining faith that the economy is on the upswing. An improving job outlook helped the Consumer Confidence Index soar to the highest level since April and near a post-recession peak, according to a monthly survey by The Conference ...

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