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Saturday, February 27, 2010

Economic Statistics Still Good

While recent recessions in the past have been revived by consumer spending, so far the strength this time actually comes from the manufacturing sector. For example, businesses boosted spending on equipment and software in the most recent quarter by 18.2%. And foreigners snapped up U.S. goods, which propelled U.S. exports by 22.4%, the biggest increase in 13 years.

Economists are predicting continued growth in this quarter, of about 3%. That compares to a phenomenal 5.7% growth rate in the 4th quarter of '09.

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