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Measure of U.S. consumer confidence at six-year high

WASHINGTON — A measure of U.S. consumer confidence jumped to its highest level in almost six years in May, lifted by rising home prices and record stock market gains. Greater confidence could help revive spending in coming months. The University ...

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Retail sales rose 0.5 percent in December

WASHINGTON — U.S. consumers increased their spending at retail businesses in December, buying more autos, furniture and clothing. Steady job growth and lower gas prices kept consumers shopping for the holidays, despite worries about potentially tax increases. Retail sales rose ...

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Retail sales jumped 1.1 percent in September

WASHINGTON — Americans stepped up their spending at retail businesses in September, reflecting stronger sales of autos, electronics and building supplies. Retail sales rose 1.1 percent last month, the Commerce Department said Monday. That followed a 1.2 percent increase in ...

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Jobless claims drop by 35,000 to 353,000

WASHINGTON — The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits dropped by 35,000 last week, a figure that may have been distorted by seasonal factors. The Labor Department said Thursday that applications fell to a seasonally adjusted 353,000. That’s down ...

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