There was lots of good news on the economic front this week. Consumers are spending more money and fewer people are getting laid off.



DEBBIE ELLIOTT, HOST:

The U.S. economy appears to be in full spring flower. Garden shops, restaurants and car dealers are all seeing a boost in business. And there are signs of improvement in the job market as well. This isn’t lost on the stock market. Both the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the S&P 500 index ended the week at record highs. NPR’s Scott Horsley joins us now. Hi, Scott.

SCOTT HORSLEY, BYLINE: Hi, Debbie.

ELLIOTT: So there have been times over the last year when the booming stock market seemed a bit disconnected from what the rest of the country was going through. But this week, there seemed to be lots of good economic news. What’s happening?

HORSLEY: Yeah, there was kind of a spring awakening. One economist I spoke to said everything…

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