The housing sector continues to recover. Sales rose 5.9 percent last month. It's the second new piece of positive news about the economy. Earlier, gross domestic product growth for the third quarter was revised upward.
The deal would end the New York Stock Exchange's independence and seems to underscore its diminishing influence. Other exchanges, such as ICE, have pioneered futures trading. Regulators are expected to OK the acquisition.
Gross domestic product grew at a 3.1 percent annual rate, well above earlier estimates. But, claims for jobless benefits rose last week — another sign that while the economy may be on the mend, there are still problems.
The ability to customize products began with computers more than a decade ago. Now, you can create your own T-shirts, jeans, custom-blend cosmetics and candy. Even luxury brands like Burberry, Prada and Louis Vuitton now let customers design their own looks.
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