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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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Higher energy and food costs lift wholesale prices

WASHINGTON — Wholesale prices in December posted their biggest increase in nearly a year, lifted by more expensive energy and food costs. But most other prices were largely well behaved, suggesting inflation isn’t spreading through the economy. The Producer Price ...

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Airfare increases likely to stick

The airlines are at it again, imposing the first fare increase of the new year and the third within a month. The increase on many domestic routes ranges from $4 to $10 per roundtrip ticket, depending on the length of ...

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Construction spending up for third straight month

WASHINGTON — Construction spending rose for a third straight month in November, helped by another increase in housing and a record level for spending on federal building projects. The Commerce Department says construction spending increased 0.4 percent in November following ...

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Season looks bright for shoppers and stores

NEW YORK— You won’t find uncommonly deep discounts, but you won’t have to worry about finding something to buy, either. For the first time in three years, the Christmas season is looking brighter for stores and shoppers alike. With plenty ...

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Revenue estimates for next two years go up

ANNAPOLIS — The state’s fiscal health is slowly improving, according to revenue estimates released Wednesday, but Gov. Martin O’Malley still predicts a year that “will feel a lot more painful than the last two.” The state Board of Revenue Estimates ...

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