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Economic

U.S. housing starts up slightly in July in face of high costs

Manufacturing sales rise 1.1% in June, boosted by oil and coal

U.S. productivity grew at strong 2.9% rate in Q2

U.S. retail sales rose at robust 0.5% annual rate in July

More Economic

Promises, promises: NDP sneak attack!

Business sector to lead growth

Survey: Homeowners need help fighting debt

Japan’s crisis energizes commodity markets

Non-confidence vote a non-event: Industry

Debt troubles rock Iberian Peninsula

American job losses slowing

Flaherty: Budget will target economy, jobs

Canada surefooted in wobbly world

Analysts grapple with Japan, Mid-East

Household debt high, but not dangerous

Inflation edged lower in February