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Labor market brightens, consumers step up spending

Job seekers stand in line to meet with prospective employers at a career fair in New York City, October 24, 2012. REUTERS/Mike Segar

Job seekers stand in line to meet with prospective employers at a career fair in New York City, October 24, 2012. REUTERS/Mike Segar

Job seekers stand in line to meet with prospective employers at a career fair in New York City, October 24, 2012. REUTERS/Mike Segar
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Shoppers look over items on sale at a Macy's store in New York, November 23, 2012. REUTERS/Keith Bedford

Shoppers look over items on sale at a Macy's store in New York, November 23, 2012. REUTERS/Keith Bedford

Shoppers look over items on sale at a Macy's store in New York, November 23, 2012. REUTERS/Keith Bedford
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