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Rising retail sales point to slowly improving economy

WASHINGTON — Americans rebounded from a weak holiday season and stepped up spending on retail goods in January. The latest government report on retail sales pointed to a slowly improving economy. Retail sales rose at a seasonally adjusted 0.4 percent ...

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O’Malley to testify on offshore wind measure

ANNAPOLIS — Gov. Martin O’Malley will be speaking in support of a bill aimed at developing offshore wind energy in Maryland. O’Malley, a Democrat, is scheduled to testify Tuesday before the Senate Finance Committee. The governor has made the measure ...

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Fewer seek unemployment aid as job market improves

WASHINGTON — The number of people seeking unemployment benefits fell last week to a level that signaled a steadily improving job market. The figures came one day before the government is expected to report that January marked another solid month ...

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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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Toilet paper goes chic with designer covers

ATLANTA — Are you ready to “Respect the Roll?” Kimberly-Clark is looking to shake up the toilet-paper accessory category with toilet roll covers from designer Jonathan Adler. To boost awareness about a new formulation of its Cottonelle toilet paper that ...

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Trade group: Holiday shoppers step up buying

NEW YORK — Shoppers came out again to seriously shop last week, after taking breather from a record spending spree over the Thanksgiving weekend, according to one measure Sales at stores opened at least a year rose 3.4 percent for ...

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