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Americans spending a bit more as gas prices fall

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans are starting to see some relief from higher gas prices, a change that could revive the economy in the months ahead. Consumer prices were flat in April, largely because of a decline in gas prices. Lower ...

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A poor year for home building ends on hopeful note

WASHINGTON  — Builders ended 2011 with a third straight year of dismal home construction and the worst on record for single-family home building. But improvement at the end of the year lifted hopes for an eventual recovery. In December, builders ...

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Auto purchases help retail sales, but growth still slow

WASHINGTON — A surge in auto purchases helped lift retail sales in October by the largest amount in seven months. But excluding autos, retail sales rose more modestly. October marked the fourth straight increase in retail sales after declines in ...

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