|Consumer prices rose in September, suggesting an increase in inflation that could keep the Fed on track for raising policy rates in December.|
|September's retail sales numbers offer another sign of an improving economy. Retail sales rose 0.6% in September and have increased 2.9% for the year.|
|The Fed will also look at employment when making a decision to raise policy rates, and this week's jobless claims showed the labor market remains strong.|
|In a sign that the housing recovery continues, a recent index showed home builder confidence at its second highest level of the year.|
|In another sign of housing market strength, single-family home starts surged in September. Groundbreakings jumped 8.1% to the highest level since February.|
|Despite a tight supply, existing home sales rebounded in September to rise 3.2%. Median prices of existing homes were up to $234,200, a 5.6% annual increase.|
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