A Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft at the company's factory in Everett, Wash. Orders for aircraft drove the increase in demand for durable goods last month. Saul Loeb /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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How bright is their future? Students at Barnard College's graduation ceremony last May. Timothy A. Clary /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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"Black Friday" 2011 in Manhattan: Retailers hope to see shoppers out again in force this holiday season. If confidence stays high, they may get their wish. Michael Nagle/Getty Images hide caption

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In China's Anhui province, a worker unloads steel bars at a factory. A slowdown in China and other major nations threatens to pull the global economy into recession, the International Monetary Fund warns. /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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