Auto sales, home prices help buoy weak U.S. economy

Trends reflect rising confidence in the economy. More families are replacing aging cars. And rising home prices are leading more would-be buyers to conclude that a home is a good investment.

By CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER, TOM KRISHER and DEE-ANN DURBIN Published: October 3, 2012
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WASHINGTON — The U.S. economy is looking more resilient, thanks in part to encouraging signs for the two most expensive purchases most Americans make: cars and homes.

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