Economy

November 1, 2012 - 1:33 PM
In this Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012, photo, a sign advertising a sale is seen posted on a storefront in Philadelphia. A flurry of reports released Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012, showed that U.S. consumers are growing more confident and spending more, boosting a still-weak economy just five days before the presidential election. Consumer confidence surged in October to its highest level in nearly five years. Americans were encouraged by recent declines in the unemployment rate. And they responded by spending more on cars and trucks, at retail businesses and on goods produced at U.S. factories. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)