Vital Signs: Counting on Business Growth

On tap: March employment figures, national factory and non-manufacturing activity indexes, and February factory orders

There's been a widespread belief that in the face of the housing meltdown, businesses would help to provide a stable foundation for the U.S. economy. First of all, companies have continued to hire workers. Secondly, many economists, including Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, expect investment spending to pick back up this year.

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