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Business · 6:31 PM UTCU.S. economic recovery intact despite COVID-19 surge, Fed says
The U.S. economic recovery remains on track despite a rise in coronavirus infections, the Federal Reserve said on Wednesday in a new policy statement that remained upbeat and flagged ongoing talks around the eventual withdrawal of monetary policy support.