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    WASHINGTON – Americans are slowly but steadily borrowing more money, bringing to an end a five-year effort to cut household debt that has slowed consumer spending and the economy.
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Week Ahead

Tuesday

•Institute for Supply Management releases its service sector index for February

Wednesday

•Commerce Department reports on factory orders for January

•Federal Reserve issues Beige Book

Thursday

•Labor Department reports on weekly jobless claims

•Commerce Department reports on international trade data for January

•Labor Department reports on fourth-quarter productivity data

•Freddie Mac, the mortgage company, reports on weekly mortgage rates

•Federal Reserve reports on consumer credit data for January

•Several chain retailers report on February sales comparisons

Friday

•Labor Department reports on employment data for February

•Commerce Department reports on wholesale trade inventories for January

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