Vital Signs for the Week of Dec. 5

On tap: October factory orders, November non-manufacturing business activity survey, a first look at December consumer sentiment, and more

Corporate America is finding its holiday spirit. Sure, companies probably let out a big sigh of relief as consumers swarmed the malls on Black Friday and flocked to the Internet on Cyber Monday. But businesses are also becoming less miserly, pulling out their wish lists, and spending more money on equipment and additional workers.

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