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Factory orders continue to climb

WASHINGTON — Factory orders rose in February, bolstered by strong demand for industrial machinery and commercial aircraft. It was the 10th increase in 11 months as manufacturing continues to provide crucial support for the U.S. economic recovery. “We’re not a red-hot economy,” said Tim Quinlan, an economist at Wells Fargo. “But the recovery is still plodding along.” Manufacturers, which were ...

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Retail sales boosted by pump prices

NEW YORK — Americans backed off from holiday spending in January, but retail sales rose for a third month in a row compared with a year earlier, largely because of gas price hikes, according to figures released today by a key data service. Including goods from food to clothing to gasoline — but excluding cars — U.S. retail sales rose ...

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Consumer confidence wavering

STARKVILLE — Mississippians’ overall confidence in the state’s economy continued to slide in the fourth quarter of 2009, according to the latest state Index of Consumer Sentiment. Moving downhill since June’s peak, the fourth-quarter overall confidence rating dipped to 72.49 percent from 72.86 in the third quarter. This represents an almost four point decline from this past summer’s high of ...

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Retailers see better holiday sales

NEW YORK (AP) – Last-minute holiday shoppers brought relief to the nation’s retailers, handing them modest sales gains for the holiday season and prompting several to raise their fourth-quarter profit outlooks. The improved profit picture comes because retailers never had to resort to drastic price-cutting after keeping inventories lean. Still, retailers may be facing chilly months ahead as consumer spending ...

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Publication: Confidence rising

STARKVILLE — Second-quarter results from the Mississippi Index of Consumer Sentiment show an overall 5.47 percent increase, according to a new online business forecasting report. “Economy Watch,” produced quarterly by Mississippi State University’s College of Business, is reporting that overall confidence rose to 76.42 percent for April-June, compared to 72.46 percent for the first quarter. Based on data collected by ...

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