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Growth Accelerates

9:20 AM MST | February 11, 2011 | —ARNOLD PEARLMAN

The U.S. economy grew at an annualized rate of 3.2% in the fourth quarter of 2010, following a 2.6% expansion in the third quarter. Consumer spending advanced 4.4%, the highest quarterly pace in more than four years. Purchases of durable and nondurable goods each grew at double-digit rates. The economy received an additional lift by a turnaround in spending on new homes: after falling at an annualized 28% in the third quarter, expenditures grew 3.4% in the fourth. A sharp decline in imports in the final three months of the year, following three consecutive...

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