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Who wins among upbeat consumers?

The American economy — certainly the part that depends on consumers — appears to be picking up steam as the presidential campaign heads into its final weeks.

The latest bit of new economic information suggested people were spending more on almost everything. Retail sales climbed 1.1 percent in September, after declining 1.2 percent in August. “Spending was broad and very strong across the board,” says economist Chris Christopher at IHS Global Insight in Lexington.

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