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Federal Reserve: U.S. Growth Stays Moderate During Shutdown

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A Federal Reserve survey shows the U.S. economy held steady during the 16-day partial government shutdown, growing moderately in most regions from October through late November.
 
The Fed says seven of its 12 banking districts described growth as moderate. Four -- Philadelphia, Chicago, Kansas City and San Francisco -- said growth was modest. Boston said its regional economy continued to expand.
 
Manufacturing strengthened in most districts, helped by more production of cars, trucks and high-tech products. Consumers boosted spending in most regions, and retailers were hopeful yet cautious about the holiday shopping season. Hiring improved in five of the districts; the other seven reported little change.
 
The beige book survey, as it is known, is based on anecdotal reports from businesses and will be considered at the Fed's next meeting.  (AP)

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