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Housing, shoppers lift economy as ’12 finishes, Fed says

Posted: January 17, 2013 at 2:40 a.m.

Holiday shopping, strong auto sales and a recovering housing market helped the U.S. economy from the middle of November through early January, according to a Federal Reserve survey released Wednesday.

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Welders work on sides for refrigerated railcars at the Greenbrier Cos.' Gunderson railcar plant in Portland, Oregon, U.S., on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013. Industrial production in the U.S. climbed for a second month in December as demand picked up for capital equipment, showing factories strengthened entering 2013. Photographer: Natalie Behring/Bloomberg

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