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As Economy Gains Strength, Companies Sell (and Spend) More

Sales at large U.S. companies are growing at a clip rarely seen over the past five years, driven by an improving global economy, U.S. consumer spending and increased capital investment.

Profits, too, are healthy at S&P 500 firms, though they aren’t rising as quickly as they did earlier in the year. Earnings growth was pinched in the third quarter by higher materials and labor costs, as well as the impact of three major hurricanes on insurers. US Business

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