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Consumers spend more after incomes rise again

WASHINGTON — U.S. consumers earned a little more in January and spent most of the extra money. The modest gains should keep the economy growing slowly. But they disappointed economists, who were expecting bigger increases after two months of strong ...

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Unemployment applications dip to a 4-year low

WASHINGTON — The number of people seeking unemployment benefits fell slightly last week to the lowest point in four years, a further sign that the U.S. job market is improving. A seasonally adjusted 351,000 people sought unemployment aid, down from ...

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Home prices fell in December in most U.S. cities

WASHINGTON — Home prices fell in December for a fourth straight month in most major U.S. cities, as modest sales gains in the depressed housing market have yet to lift prices. The Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller home-price index shows prices dropped ...

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Fed minutes: Members divided over more bond buys

WASHINGTON — The Federal Reserve isn’t about to launch another bond-buying program to boost the economy — at least not anytime soon. While some Fed officials are open to such a move, according to minutes of the Fed’s Jan. 24-25 ...

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Unemployment rate hits 8.3 pct. after hiring burst

WASHINGTON — In the most impressive surge for the job market since early last year, the United States added 243,000 jobs in January, far more than economists expected. The unemployment rate dropped to 8.3 percent, the lowest in three years. ...

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More seek unemployment aid, but trend is positive

WASHINGTON — The number of people seeking unemployment benefits rose last week to a seasonally adjusted 377,000, up from a nearly four-year low the previous week. But the longer-term trend is pointing to a healthier job market. Applications have trended ...

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Home sales up at end of dismal year, offering hope

WASHINGTON — Home sales in December reached their highest pace in nearly a year. The gain coincided with other signs that the troubled U.S. housing market improved at the end of last year. Analysts cautioned that sales remain historically low ...

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U.S. unemployment claims fall to lowest since 2008

WASHINGTON — The number of people seeking unemployment benefits plummeted last week to 352,000, the fewest since April 2008. The decline added to evidence that the job market is strengthening. Applications fell 50,000, the biggest drop in the seasonally adjusted ...

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