U.S. Shoppers Buoy the World's Exporters

American households are shoring up the world’s exporters
Shopping carts sit near the entrance of a Family Dollar Stores Inc. location in Sterling, Illinois Photograph by Daniel Acker/Bloomberg

Not long ago the U.S. economy seemed a spent force, with tapped-out consumers, subpar growth, and the same sad long-term destiny as Japan. China was the new engine pulling the rest of the world: The mantle had been passed.

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