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US personal income figure hints more stable growth

The personal income of Americans grew $13.9 billion, or 0.5 percent, in March , the Commerce Department reported Wednesday. In January, income rose a record 1 .6 percent, according to revised figures. In February the increase was 0.7 percent.

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''Most Americans should find these comfortable statistics,'' the Commerce Department's chief economist, Robert Ortner, said. ''They mean the economy is not overheating and in fact is settling back to a more moderate rate of expansion.''

The new report follows a string of other statistics that indicate the economy is slowing somewhat after its rapid pace at the start of the year.

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