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Signs of better times

As fewer people are filing for unemployment insurance, more people are buying goods from chain stores, which has stabilized business activity nationwide.

Charts showing unemployment rate , chain store sales and non-manufacturing index

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Economy growing slowly but steadily
Article | The headlines right now are ominous -- from the European debt crisis to a gargantuan gulf oil spill to renewed political tensions in several corners of the world. Financial markets have faltered as a result.

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