Vital Signs: Will Shoppers Tighten Up?

On tap: March retail sales, industrial production, consumer prices, and housing starts

Consumers have put the U.S. economy in their shopping bags and carried it along for the past three quarters. But the big questions are when will other areas of the economy snap back, or at least stop dragging the economy down, and can consumers keep up the strong pace of spending. Some important reports coming out this week will help market watchers answer those questions.

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