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Service firms pick up pace in August

WASHINGTON — U.S. service companies expanded at a faster pace in August than July, helped by stronger hiring. The growth at firms that employ roughly 90 percent of the work force suggests the economy is slowly improving. The Institute for ...

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Feds want Maryland to go beyond health act

If quiet negotiations between policymakers and industry bear fruit, Maryland could join the short list of states attempting to go far beyond the Affordable Care Act in improving health and limiting spending. Federal officials are urging Maryland and its powerful ...

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Survey shows economic improvement in most regions of country

WASHINGTON — Most areas of the country reported slight economic improvement in September and early October, according to a Federal Reserve survey of its 12 bank regions. But several regions said a hazier economic outlook is making businesses more cautious ...

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Consumer spending just keeps on improving

NEW YORK — Americans didn’t stop splurging after the holidays. They braved snowstorms and shopped in force in January, handing retailers like Costco, Victoria’s Secret and Macy’s surprisingly strong sales. Along with two encouraging economic reports — the biggest service ...

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Reports show economy is improving — slowly

WASHINGTON — Economic reports Thursday suggest employers are laying off fewer workers, businesses are ordering more computers and appliances, and consumers are spending more confidently. Combined, the latest data confirm that the economy is improving, even though too few jobs ...

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