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Homebuilders feel more confident in December

U.S. homebuilders’ confidence bounced back strongly this month, a sign that construction and industry hiring may pick up in coming months. The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo builder sentiment index released Tuesday climbed to 58. That was up from ...

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Mid-Atlantic almanac calls for heavy winter snows

HAGERSTOWN — The nation’s second-oldest almanac is predicting heavy snowstorms this winter in the mid-Atlantic region based on the size of a developing El Nino temperature pattern in the Pacific Ocean. The Herald-Mail of Hagerstown reports the 2013 Hagers-Town Town ...

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Factory orders up 1.1 percent in December

WASHINGTON — Orders to U.S. factories rose in December, supported by a rebound in business investment in capital goods such as heavy machinery. The results cap off another strong year for U.S. manufacturing. Combined with strong figures released Thursday on ...

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Retail trade group sees modest holiday sales gain

NEW YORK — The National Retail Federation, the nation’s largest retail trade group, expects winter holiday sales to rise 2.8 percent to $465.6 billion this year. That would be smaller than 2010’s 5.2 percent increase, but it’s higher than the average ...

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Consumer spending up 0.7 percent in December

WASHINGTON — Americans spent at the fastest pace in three years in 2010, boosted by a strong finish in December. Consumer spending rose 0.7 percent in December, the sixth straight monthly increase, the Commerce Department reported Monday. Households saw their ...

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