Vital Signs for the Week of Apr. 8

On tap: Institute for Supply Management's March non-manufacturing activity index, March data on import and export prices, March chain store sales figures, and more

Finally! After several months of disappointing employment reports, businesses began hiring in earnest in March. Payrolls increased by 308,000, the biggest monthly rise since April of 2000. The key of course, is that U.S. companies keep hiring.

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