Retailers are doing all they can to attract consumers, who drive the economy. (File photo from 2012 of a store window in Santa Monica, Calif.)
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March 29, 2013 With higher prices for gasoline factored out, spending rose a more modest 0.3 percent. Meanwhile, personal income rose a healthy 1.1 percent.
March 28, 2013 The economy grew at a 0.4 percent annual rate in the last three months of 2012, the government estimates. That's better than what economists initially reported.
A newly built home in San Diego.
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March 26, 2013 The housing sector's recovery continues. Prices were up more than 7 percent in major cities.
A Cypriot man held some coins in Nicosia on Sunday. He and others on the island nation were watching anxiously as world leaders put together a bailout package for Cypriot banks.
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March 25, 2013 The $13 billion bailout has some tough conditions. It is aimed at shoring up the island nation's banking sector and making sure its problems don't spread to other nations. But many Cypriots think their creditors have other intentions.
March 21, 2013 Economists said this means progress in the job market, mostly through a reduction in layoffs.
A home under construction in Atlanta late last year. The housing sector is now one of the economy's bright spots.
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March 19, 2013 The housing sector, which saw its bubble burst in 2007 and 2008, is now one of the economy's bright spots.
Handles on a gas pump in Brooklyn.
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March 15, 2013 Prices rose overall by 0.7 percent. The major factor: a 9.1 percent surge in gasoline. Since February, though, gas prices have retreated. So economists do not think the latest report changes the inflation picture.
March 14, 2013 The pace of claims for unemployment insurance continues to be the lowest since January 2008. Meanwhile, higher energy costs pushed wholesale prices up sharply in February. But the upward pressure has since eased somewhat.
March 13, 2013 The 1.1 percent increase is a sign that despite higher payroll taxes and increases in the price of such things as gasoline, consumers are still willing to spend. And that's good news for the economy.
The scene at a job fair in Manhattan earlier this month.
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March 8, 2013 February's jobs numbers were better than expected. The jobless rate is now the lowest it's been since President Obama took office. The rate's recent peak was 10 percent in October 2009.
Hoping to see more of these: A "now hiring" sign in the window of a bank in San Rafael, Calif., in January.
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March 8, 2013 Economists expect to hear that there were about 160,000 jobs added to payrolls in February. The jobless rate likely stayed near 7.9 percent. Slow job growth and stubbornly high unemployment likely continued.
March 7, 2013 As many eyes turn to Friday's employment report, new data offer a somewhat conflicting picture.
March 6, 2013 As the year began there was at least some growth in most parts of the country, the central bank says.
The scene at a job fair in New York City on Feb. 28.
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March 6, 2013 The job market remains "sturdy," according to the latest ADP National Employment Report. Much more will be known about the labor picture when the Bureau of Labor Statistics releases its figures on Friday.
February 28, 2013 The economy barely grew in the fourth quarter of 2012, the government now says. But that's better than what it thought before — that the economy had contracted. Meanwhile, the number of people applying for jobless benefits fell last week.
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