Vital Signs: Economy Struggles to Stay Afloat

On tap: January retail sales and industrial production, December foreign trade, and February consumer sentiment

Slammed by housing, the U.S. economy started to list at the end of last year. During most of 2007, economists believed the economic ship could quickly right itself and successfully navigate through rough waters. After all, real gross domestic product excluding residential construction grew a solid 3.2% in 2007.

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